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 Team: Dr Jim Harkin (PI), Malachy McElholm, Neville Graham / Gary Watson, Martin Mulholland, Jason Osborne and Dr. James McGreer Organisations Involved: Ulster University, Dale Farm Ltd., CAFRE, UFU and McGreer Consulting Background: Milk production is a major global farm-based industry which is at the core of food production in Northern Ireland, ROI and the UK. The primary fixed costs of farming are headage and farmyard facilities, while the cost of energy is the major variable expense after feed and labour with the potential to contribute to more than 20% of the cost of...

Project Team: Dr Debbie McConnell, Dr Stephanie Buijs, John Archer and Alan Gordon Background   The overall objective of this research project is to improve the efficiency of N.I. dairy farms by providing key performance indicators and new information to optimise management of robotic milking systems.  Increasing herd sizes and a reduction in the agricultural workforce has led to increasing pressure on labour on UK dairy farms.  During 2005 and 2014, average labour hours per cow fell by 22% on UK dairy farms to 39 hours per annum (Eurostat, 2016). Creating a labour efficient working...