Organisations Involved: Newcastle University, ADAS, University of Aberdeen, Mendel University in Brno, Centre for Ecological Research, Univerzitet Crne Gore, SLU, University of Turin, Wageningen University and Research, ETH Zürich, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, University of Göttingen, AFBI, Consulai, Universidad de Córdoba, Univerza v Ljubljani, CHambre D’Agriculture Normandie, AgriSearch, Chambre Régionale D’Agriculture Grand Est and La Blanche Maison. Aim: To co-develop sustainable permanent grassland systems and policies with farmers and policy makers​ Project Duration: The...

Organisations Involved: AgriSearch, AFBI, AHWNI, LMC, Farm Vet Systems (VetImpress) Funding: DAERA Research Challenge Fund (50%) Objectives  The overall objective of the project is to develop, evaluate and implement a veterinary medicine recording and benchmarking system at farm and individual animal level integrated with quality assurance.  Risk assessments related to two areas where antibiotic use is common will be developed, complete with step through decision support tools suitable for both farmer and veterinary practitioner with the impact of implementation quantified.    The outcome...

Project Team: Tianhai Yan, Conrad Ferris, Elizabeth Ball, Rachael Carolan, Rodrigo Olave, Dario Fornara and Alan Gordon. Background: Ammonia emissions are a particularly significant issue in Northern Ireland since per capita emissions are approximately four times higher here than in the rest of the UK. This reflects how NI differs from other parts of the UK as a food exporting region which is economically reliant on the agri-food sector and has relatively little cereal farming. Unlike Greenhouse Gases which impact on a global scale, the repercussions from relatively high ammonia emissions...

Project Leader(s): Dr Masoud Shirali, Dr Francis Lively, Dr Stephanie Buijs and Dr Conrad Ferris Organisations Involved: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), AgriSearch, DAERA, CAFRE, HSENI and UFU Introduction: Of the accidents resulting in fatalities on farms, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has reported over a third of those involve livestock, mainly cattle, thus highlighting the importance of improving livestock farmers’ health and safety within the industry. In order to address these concerns, a multi-stage approach is required, which includes...

Duration 2 Years Leader and Team Dr Alistair Carson, AFBI - Hillsborough Organisations involved AgriSearch (Lead Industry Partner and Co-Funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), AFBI - Hillsborough (Research Partner) Background and Summary The research team is comprised of 12 Northern Ireland beef producers in partnership with AFBI scientists.  The project will develop management tools to accurately monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from beef systems at individual farm level and evaluate selected  mitigation strategies within an on-farm project.   The main...