August 03, 2020

Four AgriSearch Led EIP Applications Underway

Grazing MSS AgriSearch has secured stage one funding for four projects based in Northern Ireland under the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP). The EIP scheme aims to bring expert advisers, researchers and…
July 09, 2020


AgriSearch’s Robotic Milking Discussion Group has gone virtual with its first meeting with the 23 participating farmers held online. This group will contribute to an Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) research project entitled ‘The role of robotic…
July 01, 2020

Managing Grass and Forages to Maximise Sheep Production

On Wednesday 8th July at 7.30pm CIEL (Centre for Excellence in Livestock) will be hosting their first joint webinar with the National Sheep Association (NSA). The webinar will explore how sheep farmers can increase profit by effectively managing feed…
June 15, 2020

Farmers tune in to new podcast for advice on managing grass

A new farming podcast has been capturing the attention of Northern Ireland farmers during Covid-19 restrictions. The GrassCheck podcast is an adaption of its popular grass growth forecast, and is produced in-house by AgriSearch’s General Manager Jason…
June 11, 2020

New guidance from COWS: Integrated parasite control on cattle farms

The Control of Worms Sustainably in cattle (COWS) group has published the final chapter in its updated Guide. Titled ‘Integrated parasite control on cattle farms’, it brings together the key technical messages from previous chapters on roundworms, lungworm,…
May 26, 2020

AgriSearch Seeks Farmers Views on Strategy Review

AgriSearch is undertaking a wide-ranging review of its research and development and knowledge exchange strategy to ensure that its work programme remains focused and relevant and that it continues to deliver value for money for its farmer levy payers As a…
May 22, 2020

New Trustees Join the AgriSearch Board

Two new appointments have recently been made to the AgriSearch Board of Trustees. Val McConnell joins the board as a new Independent Farmer Trustee and David Rea joins as a representative of Dairy UK, filling the role vacated by Fred Allen following his…
May 15, 2020

Identifying sires with high genetic potential to influence productivity - RamCompare Results 2020

Recently released fourth-year results from the AgriSearch co-funded RamCompare project reveal how sires with key breeding traits can drive productivity and optimal new sire purchases. RamCompare is a five-year project that takes nominated…
May 12, 2020

Promising early results on the use of selective dry cow therapy

As a result of the global threat from the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, the livestock sector is facing mounting pressure to reduce antibiotic usage. To address the issue, AgriSearch is leading a major research project in collaboration…
May 08, 2020

Resources to Help Suckler Farmers During the Breeding Season

AgriSearch recently led on a large on farm research project into suckler synchronisation involving AFBI, Genus, Zoetis and AI Services. This research trialled four synchronisation methods, on cows and heifers on twelve suckler farms across Northern Ireland,…
May 07, 2020

Changes to the Board at AgriSearch

Seamus McCaffrey - Chairman, AgriSearch As of 4th May 2020, Seamus McCaffrey has taken up the role of Chairman of AgriSearch, the farmer-funded research and innovation body. Seamus, who is from Co. Tyrone, is a professional Chartered Accountant specialising…
May 04, 2020

A Sustainable Approach to Worming Youngstock

Cattle farmers are being advised to ensure their approach to treating youngstock for roundworms (Ostertagia and Cooperia) is sustainable, so that resistance to products does not develop in the same way as it has in sheep. Westpoint farm vet Emily Francis…

RamCompare Project - 2020 Results

May 01, 2020 News
On Wednesday 13th May at 7pm, AHDB will be hosting a webinar to reveal the latest results…

Management of calving and grazing yields multiple benefits

Apr 30, 2020 News
Dairy Heifers
Rearing dairy heifer replacements represents significant expense. Analysis of 2018 - 19…

Making grass work dairy herds during a dry spring

Apr 29, 2020 News
The dairy herd at Conway's farm at Ardglass
With just four per cent of the average April rainfall this year, grazing conditions on…


Apr 28, 2020 News
Recently completed research, co-funded by AgriSearch, at AFBI Hillsborough has…

PhD Studentship Opportunity - Understanding dairy cow behaviour to improve production and welfare in robotic milking systems

Apr 03, 2020 News
AgriSearch are co-funding an exciting new PhD project which is seeking to understand…


Mar 24, 2020 News
Over the last 20 years the GrassCheck programme has been fundamental in assisting…