December 30, 2020
Edwin Poots MLA, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister; John Henning, Senior Vice-Chair, AgriSearch; Harold Johnston; Peter Morrow, Vice-Chair, AgriSearch; Jason Rankin, General Manager, AgriSearch; Seamus McCaffrey, Chair, AgriSearch
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FINAL CHANCE TO APPLY FOR BEACON FARM NETWORK

Farmers interested in participating in AgriSearch’s new Beacon Farm Network are reminded that applications close on Monday 4th January at 12 Noon. AgriSearch aim to recruit beef, sheep and dairy farmers from a range of systems and land types (including upland…
December 18, 2020
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SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN AGRISEARCH BEACON FARM NETWORK

On Tuesday 15th December, AgriSearch held an informational webinar for those interested in the recently announced Beacon Farm Network, attracting the interest of 65 farmers from across the province. In early 2020, AgriSearch commenced a strategy review,…
December 11, 2020
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AgriSearch 2020 Christmas Newsletter

As 2020 draws to a close, we at AgriSearch have produced a Christmas Newsletter, featuring a round-up of our activities throughout the year. Like many others businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, AgriSearch had to adapt to online platforms such as…
December 10, 2020
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FOCUS ON FARMERS WEBINAR SERIES TO END ON A HIGH

The successful EIT 'Focus on Farmers' Virtual Farm Walk and Discussion Series will come to a conclusion on Monday 14th December at 8pm with a with a “Christmas Special” webinar entitled “Productivity: the silver bullet to net zero carbon”. The main speaker on…

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Team and Leader R W J Steen

Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough and Food Science Division, Department of Agriculture

Background and Summary

Increasing public concern for the welfare of farm animals has generated concern amongst some supermarket buyers of beef that the use of slatted accommodation may convey an image of poor animal welfare to consumers. 

Consequently there is reluctance by them to purchase cattle from slatted accommodation. The objectives of this project are to examine the effects of using slatted accommodation for beef cattle on welfare, behaviour and the performance of the cattle, and to compare conventional slatted floor housing with modified slatted flooring, (e.g. slats covered with comfort matting) and straw-bedded accommodation.

Timescale

Benefits

This project would provide support to the Northern Ireland beef industry in the use of slatted accommodation for beef cattle if slats are found to be welfare friendly, and would provide scientific data to support the use of more welfare friendly modifications to slats (e.g. use of comfort matting) if slats are found to be welfare unfriendly. It is also hoped that data will be produced which will enable welfare friendly modifications to slats to be accepted by groups such as Freedom Foods, who will not accept cattle from slatted accommodation whether slats are shown to be welfare friendly or not.

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