PORTAFERRY SUCKLER FARM WALK
  Portaferry farmer Artie Birt is hosting the second of two AgriSearch farm walks this coming week.  On Thursday 1st December, from 11am fellow farmers can view the results of AFBI research supported by AgriSearch.   Artie runs approximately 170 spring block calving cows on 290 acres with all progeny finished.  For the past two years Arti has synchronised all cows and heifers as part of an AFBI study to evaluate low labour synchronisation protocols, relative to traditional synchronisation protocols.  As a result of adopting these new practices Arti only needs two sweeper bulls of the...

The two upcoming AgriSearch beef farm walks on 30th November and 1st December have been approved as Business Development Group (BDG) Qualifying Events.  Anyone wishing to use one of these farm walks as a qualifying event must: Be a member of a beef suckler Business Development Group (BDG), Pre-book on the CAFRE website: http://www.cafre.ac.uk/agrisearch-events/, Only apply for one such event per year. A senior CAFRE Advisor will confirm BDG attendance and complete BDG registration on the day. If BDG members wish to attend but do not wish to have this considered as a BDG qualifying...

ULSTER FARMERS FOR PLUMBRIDGE SUCKLER EVENT
PLUMBRUDGE suckler herd owners Patrick and Ciaran Kearney are hosting an AgriSearch farm walk from 11am on Wednesday 30th November.  Patrick and Ciaran run approximately 45 cows birth to beef, with additional calves and stores also bought to finish.  Patrick and Ciaran recognise the importance of having high genetic merit calves to maximise growth rates and finish cattle in-spec at the right age.    For the past two years the Kearney’s have synchronised a batch of cows and heifers as part of an AFBI study to evaluate low labour synchronisation protocols relative to traditional...

RESEARCHING FOR BETTER BEEF RETURNS
 Research results of real relevance to producers will be displayed and discussed on the AgriSearch stand during the Beef NI Expo 2016 event at the King’s Hall Complex Belfast on Saturday 19th November 2016.   Last year AgriSearch commissioned a major on-farm research project examining the role of synchronisation in improving the performance of Northern Ireland suckler herds.  This project is being co-funded by the DARD Research Challenge Fund and supported by industry partners Zoetis, Genus and AI Services.   At Beef NI Expo 2016 you will be able to speak to AFBI Scientists and the...

AGRISEARCH SEMINAR REVEALS BEST PRACTICE FOR DEALING WITH LIVER FLUKE
  Around 75 farmers, veterinary surgeons, scientists and advisors attended the recent AgriSearch seminar on Liver Fluke.  This featured the preliminary findings of a large scale research project on liver fluke, which is funded by BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) and the UK research and development (R&D) levy bodies.  The seminar highlighted the cost of liver fluke, options for diagnosis, the importance of using the right amount of the right product at the right time and best practice for grazing and land management to avoid the spread of fluke from cattle to the...