LEADING BEEF SCIENTIST TO SPEAK AT MART EVENTS
Professor David Kenny
An internationally renowned beef scientist from Teagasc will speak at the “Breeding for Performance” events being organised by AFBI, CAFRE, AgriSearch and LMC. The events will be held on Tuesday 28th May in Ballymena Livestock Market and Wednesday 29th May in Clogher Livestock Market.  Both events start at 7pm and will last for approximately two hours.   Professor David Kenny is a Principle Research Officer at Teagasc’s Animal & Grassland Research Innovation Centre in Grange, County Meath.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at University College Dublin.  Professor...

BENEFITS OF GRASS BUDGETING HIGHLIGHTED AT GRASSCHECK DAIRY FARM WALKS
The benefits of grass measuring were highlighted at recent GrassCheck dairy farm walks held on the farms of Joe Cush and Harold Johnston organised by AFBI, AgriSearch and CAFRE. The two farms are part of a group of 20 dairy farms in the GrassCheck project measuring grass across the province. Both farmers place a strong emphasis on grassland management within their respective dairy systems and highlighted to farmers in attendance the many benefits they see from grass measuring. Joe Cush farms a herd of 70 Holstein-Friesian cows in Pomeroy, County Tyrone. The herd has an average milk...

“BREEDING FOR PERFORMANCE” BEEF EVENTS IN BALLYMENA AND CLOGHER MARTS
“Breeding for Performance” will be the title of two events targeted at beef farmers, that are being organised by AFBI, CAFRE and AgriSearch.  The events will be held on Tuesday 28th May in Ballymena Livestock Market and Wednesday 29th May in Clogher Livestock Market.  Both events start at 7pm and will last for approximately two hours.    These events are part of a series on “Future Proofing Beef & Sheep Farming” which are being held during 2019 to communicate the latest findings of beef and sheep research.  Prof. David Kenny from Teagasc Grange will give an update on ongoing research into...

OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN AGRISEARCH COMMITTEE
The farmer funded research body, AgriSearch is inviting forward looking farmers to join its advisory committees and help shape the future of the sector. The successful candidates will be dairy, beef and/or sheep farmers with a track record of implementing best practice on their farms. “There are many challenges and opportunities facing our Agri-Food sector and AgriSearch’s innovative work can play a central role in addressing these issues,” explains AgriSearch’s Chairman, John Henning. “We want to hear from farmers who are strong advocates of evidence-based farming and can help shape...

INVESTING IN GRASSLAND MANGEMENT YIELDS DIVIDENDS FOR BEEF FARMERS
A small investment in grassland management can yield a very large return.  That was the key take home message at the “Grazing for Growth” Beef farm walk at John Egerton’s organised by AFBI, CAFRE and AgriSearch. At the first stop Elizabeth Earle from AgriSearch discussed the findings of the “Beef from Grass” project which forms part of the GrassCheck programme.  In 2018 John grew an average of 13.3t DM/ha of grass on his farm with a utilisation rate of 88%.  This is achieved by ensuring that cattle enter and leave the paddock at the right covers.  With a pre-grazing target of between...