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Published: 23 Jul 2014
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and CAFRE, Greenmount Campus has issued a further potato blight warning.
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.
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.
The Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is a world-class research organisation but has its roots firmly grounded in the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland. Many of AFBI’s staff have grown up through the sector in Northern Ireland, and the Institute takes its role in influencing and mentoring the next generation of potential agri-food scientists very seriously.
Published: 20 Jun 2014
AFBI has created a new monthly email newsletter which will highlight the work of the Institute and the people who work in it.
Published: 17 Jun 2014
Professor Margaret Patterson of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) has been awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours list for services to the agri-food industry.
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute organised a major dairy industry conference which was held at the King’s Hall Conference Complex in March 2014.
Published: 11 Jun 2014
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and CAFRE, Greenmount Campus has issued the first potato blight warning for 2014.  A full Infection Period was recorded between 7th and 10th June at sites across Northern Ireland.
A recent study at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) at Hillsborough examined the impact of altering the yield of milk assumed to be sustained by grazed grass on dairy-cow performance during the grazing season.
Controlling milk production costs is essential to ensure the long term competitiveness of our dairy industry. With this in mind, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) at Hillsborough have recently completed a three-year study which examined the performance of spring calving dairy cows managed on different levels of concentrate feeding.  Key outcomes of this study, which was co-funded by DARD and AgriSearch, are presented below.