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The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) has hosted a visit by a delegation from China Agricultural University (CAU) led by Professor Fuyu Yang, Assistant Dean of its College of Animal Science and Technology.  The visit follows the establishment of a joint AFBI-CAU Research Centre for forage and herbivore science.
Published: 08 Aug 2014
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is holding an Open Meeting on Thursday 4th September 2014 at 10.30 am at AFBI Hilsborough, Large Park, Hillsborough BT26 6DR.  This meeting is open to all members of the public.
This summer, sheep and cattle farmers in Northern Ireland will be encouraged to participate in an important survey to seek opinions on current disease prevention and control measures.
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute’s (AFBI) eel research programme in conjunction with the Lough Neagh Fisherman Co-operative Society Ltd (LNFCS), are happy to announce the award of the Fr Oliver P Kennedy bursary for eel science research to PhD student Conor Dolan.
An AFBI led study in Upper Lough Erne reveals presence of the Bloody Red Shrimp.
Published: 23 Jul 2014
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and CAFRE, Greenmount Campus has issued a further potato blight warning.
A farmer commented on the new DARD Grass and Clover Recommended List; “A bit different this year – but the change is good”.
The new booklet provides information on the grass and clover varieties currently recommended by DARD for use in Northern Ireland.
Postgraduate students in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) recently held a symposium at AFBI’s headquarters at Newforge Lane, Belfast.  Over 60 participants, including full and part-time students and their supervisors met to share their research and experiences of postgraduate student life in AFBI.
AFBI Hillsborough in conjunction with AgriSearch hosted a very successful technical seminar for the dairy industry recently. The morning session focused on the recently launched AFBI Dairy Greenhouse Gas Calculator and included presentations from Catherine Watson, Tianhai Yan, Steven Morrison, Conrad Ferris and Duncan Anderson. An overview of the science behind the GHG calculator: how to use the calculator and examples outputs were presented.
Background
If efficiently utilised, grazed grass remains the lowest-cost feed for dairy cows within Northern Ireland, and its use has the potential to provide local farmers with a key competitive advantage over many of our global competitors. However, the milk-yield potential of most dairy cows in Northern Ireland has increased considerably during the last few decades, and consequently grazed grass as the sole feed is frequently unable to meet the energy requirements of higher-yielding cows during the grazing season. Concentrate feeding has an important role in addressing this “energy gap”.
AFBI was recently involved in the test of new oil spill containment and clean up technologies used by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) for emergency response to maritime pollution incidents. The MCA recently purchased two new pieces of equipment known as the NOFI Current Buster 6. This is the very latest in up to date technology and was developed following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response in 2010.