EXCELLENT ATTENDANCE AT SHEEP BREEDING EVENT
Around 100 farmers attended the recent “Breeding for Performance” roadshow at Draperstown Livestock Market organised by AFBI, AgriSearch, CAFRE and LMC. Speakers at the event included Sam Boon (Signet); Dr Aurelie Aubry (AFBI), Dr Eileen McCloskey (CAFRE) and Dr Jason Barley (AFBI). Genetic potential and flock management both have a big role to play in farm profitability. Sam Boon from Signet breeding services kicked off the evening with a presentation on the importance of selecting animals with the best genetics not animals that have seen the biggest feed bucket. The use of estimated...

“BREEDING FOR PERFORMANCE” SHEEP EVENT IN DRAPERSTOWN MART
This event is part of a series of Beef and Sheep events entitled ‘Future proofing Beef and Sheep farming’, organised during 2019 by AFBI, CAFRE, AgriSearch and the LMC. Each event focuses on one of three key topics under the control of the producer, with clear take home messages in relation to Grazing for growth, Breeding for performance and Finishing Beef and Lamb. The next event in the series will be held on Tuesday 9th July at 7pm in Draperstown Livestock Market, (Richard Beattie Livestock Sales), Derrynoyd Road, Draperstown, BT45 7AH.  The event will last for approximately two hours. ...

"BREEDING FOR PERFORMANCE” SHEEP EVENT IN DRAPERSTOWN MART
Sheep breeding and flock health management will be the key focus at the upcoming “Breeding for Performance” event being organised by AFBI, CAFRE, AgriSearch and the LMC.  This will be held on Tuesday 9th July at 7pm in Draperstown Livestock Market.  The event will last for approximately two hours.  The event forms part of a series on “Future Proofing Beef & Sheep Farming” being held during 2019 to communicate the latest findings of beef and sheep research. The keynote speaker at the upcoming event is Sam Boon from Signet breeding services. Signet is the national genetic evaluation...

AGRISEARCH TO SHOWCASE LATEST SHEEP RESEARCH
AgriSearch will be attending this year’s NSA Sheep NI event on 1st July 2019 at Ballymena Livestock Mart. The AgriSearch stand will feature research findings of relevance to Northern Ireland lamb producers.  This will include “Lamb from Grass” which form part of GrassCheck and a case study on Roger and Hilary Bells sheep farm, one of our “Lamb from Grass” co-researcher farms. AgriSearch will also be showcasing the latest SCOPS recommendations on the use of anthelmintics and worm control. SUPER-G a Europe-wide research project that aims to co-develop sustainable permanent grassland (PG)...

EXCELLENT TURNOUT AT BREEDING FOR PERFORMANCE ROADSHOW
Around 200 farmers attended the recent “Breeding for Performance” roadshows at Ballymena and Clogher Livestock Markets organised by AFBI, AgriSearch, CAFRE and LMC. Speakers at the events included Dr Francis Lively (AFBI); Dr Steven Johnston (CAFRE), Dr Barry McInerney (AFBI) and Professor David Kenny (Teagasc).  With a Northern Ireland average calving interval of 409, Francis Lively highlighted the lack in improvement in suckler cow fertility over the past 30 years.  He indicated that improvements could be achieved through appropriate cow nutrition and ensuring cows are at optimal body...