Farmers are reminded of the forthcoming webinar on the growing of protein crops in Northern Ireland and the potential for their use in dairy cow diets which will be held on Monday 8th March at 7.30pm which is being jointly organised by CAFRE, AFBI, AgriSearch and DAERA.


Dr Rosemary Agnew will initially overview the new DAERA Protein Crops Scheme which has just been announced.


Leigh McClean from the CAFRE Crops Advisory Team will then discuss crop husbandry and agronomy of protein crops and Simon Best, an arable farmer from Scarva, will outline his experience of growing field beans.


Finally, Dr Conrad Ferris of AFBI will highlight the results of recent research at AFBI Hillsborough which has demonstrated the potential of field beans to partially replace imported protein sources such as soya bean and rapeseed meal with no significant impacts on cow performance.


The presentations will be followed by a question and answer / discussion session chaired by AgriSearch Chairman Seamus McCaffrey.


The webinar will be hosted on the CAFRE WebEx portal.  For further information visit: