OBJECTIVES Improving on-farm grass growth and utilisation is imperative to building a resilient and sustainable dairy production sector in Northern Ireland. Building on a significant body existing work, this project will seek to examine the variability in grass growth potential across Northern Ireland and provide regional grass growth forecast to support grassland management on farm. Continual sward assessment and grass growth monitoring are also key aspects of improving grass utilisation. This project will examine the potential of novel, labour saving precision technologies such as...

(D-89-17) - Improving the efficiency and sustainability of milk production systems through the production and utilisation of high quality grass silage
Objectives The overall objective of this project is to conduct a targeted series of research studies which will address knowledge gaps related to the production and utilisation of high quality grass silage in dairy cow diets.  This will be achieved through desk based exercises, grass plot and ensilage studies, and dairy cow feeding studies, thus achieving a holistic approach to the research programme.  Specifically, the objectives can be defined as follows: Through a short survey prior to the commencement of the project, to identify barriers to improving silage quality within...