Organisations Involved: Newcastle University, ADAS, University of Aberdeen, Mendel University in Brno, Centre for Ecological Research, Univerzitet Crne Gore, SLU, University of Turin, Wageningen University and Research, ETH Zürich, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, University of Göttingen, AFBI, Consulai, Universidad de Córdoba, Univerza v Ljubljani, CHambre D’Agriculture Normandie, AgriSearch, Chambre Régionale D’Agriculture Grand Est and La Blanche Maison. Aim: To co-develop sustainable permanent grassland systems and policies with farmers and policy makers​ Project Duration: The...

Organisations Involved: AgriSearch, AFBI, AHWNI, LMC, Farm Vet Systems (VetImpress) Funding: DAERA Research Challenge Fund (50%) Objectives  The overall objective of the project is to develop, evaluate and implement a veterinary medicine recording and benchmarking system at farm and individual animal level integrated with quality assurance.  Risk assessments related to two areas where antibiotic use is common will be developed, complete with step through decision support tools suitable for both farmer and veterinary practitioner with the impact of implementation quantified.    The outcome...

Title: Evaluation of ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock production sector in Northern Ireland (DBS-90-17). Project Team: Tianhai Yan, Conrad Ferris, Elizabeth Ball, Rachael Carolan, Rodrigo Olave, Dario Fornara and Alan Gordon. Background: Ammonia emissions are a particularly significant issue in Northern Ireland since per capita emissions are approximately four times higher here than in the rest of the UK. This reflects how NI differs from other parts of the UK as a food exporting region which is economically reliant on the agri-food sector and has relatively little...

Duration 4 years Team and Leader Dr A Carson Organisations involved  AFBI Hillsborough Background and Summary Timescale Benefits Details to follow

RCF04/2017: RamCompare Phase II Northern Ireland (NI) – A parallel study to investigate the effects of terminal sire estimated breeding values for muscle and finishing diet on progeny performance, net feed efficiency and meat quality
Project objectives: Evaluate the effect of sire EBV for muscle (low versus high) and finishing diet on progeny performance, net feed efficiency and meat quality Examine the dynamics of net feed efficiency in finishing lambs Establish a central progeny test flock that will evaluate sires recorded on the current breed evaluation systems used in the UK (Signet) and Ireland (Sheep Ireland) Promote the benefits of animal recording in pedigree and commercial sheep flocks in NI and promote the use of EBVs by commercial producers when making flock breeding decisions Background: The use of...