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…

Project Leader: Debbie McConnell

Project Summary:

A detailed on-farm survey will be designed and distributed to dairy farmers across Northern Ireland. This project aims to better understand the barriers to improving both grass production and utilisation, and milk from forage.

Project Objectives:

  1. Evaluate current farmer attitudes towards grassland production and milk from forage
  2. Consider the reasons behind the decline in milk from forage production
  3. Understand the factors affecting farmers attitudes to grassland production and utilisation and milk from forage
  4. Identify major perceived challenges farmers face when seeking to improve milk from forage and grassland efficiency
  5. Consider the suitability of milk from forage as an industry figure to benchmark technical efficiency
  6. Identify any future research requirements to improve milk from forage production on NI dairy farms