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The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Veterinary Sciences Division wishes to advise sheep farmers of the likely risk of Nematodirus worm infection in young lambs occurring at this time of year.
A seminar on "Prioritising Catchments to Balance Agronomic and Water Quality Targets" and given by Donnacha Doody from Agri-Enviornment Branch, AFBI will be held on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 1.30 pm in G5, AFBI Headquarters,  Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5PX.
Every year, staff at AFBI Hillsborough hold a number of events at which they take the opportunity to raise money for charity causes.  This year was no different but instead of supporting some of the more well known charities, it was decided to change focus and support a farmers charity.  Much of the money was generated through a very novel ‘one-pound-a-bid’ auction that awards the item to the last person to bid £1 before the hammer falls.  Although not the usual form of an auction, it certainly caused the pounds to roll in and so it was with great pleasure that AFBI Hillsborough were able to present a total of £370 to the Rural Support Charity.
Greenhouse gas emissions from dairying
Increasing concerns about the impact of climate change have focused the attention of government and policy makers on the need to develop accurate estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from key sectors. This is particularly true within the United Kingdom where the UK Climate Change Act requires an 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 emission levels. Achieving these ambitious reduction targets will require a significant effort across all sectors. Within the agricultural sector, dairying in particular makes a significant contribution to total GHG emissions, with the global dairy sector estimated to contribute 30% of total global agricultural emissions. This highlights the need for the dairy industry to accurately quantify its emissions, and to identify strategies by which these can be reduced.
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) has received an award in the category of ‘Best Renewables Installation within the Education, Healthcare and Public Sector’ for its Environment and Renewable Energy Centre at the recent Action Renewables Energy Awards.
Dr Ziping Wu, a Principal Agricultural Economist in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), was an invited keynote speaker at a recent EU experts’ workshop in Brussels.  The aim of the workshop entitled ‘Food safety of agri-food products in the context of research and innovation co-operation between the EU and China’, was to define the theme of a proposed major EU-China agricultural research project.    
You are invited to attend a lunchtime seminar on Prioritising Catchments to Balance Agronomic and Water Quality Targets given by Donnacha Doody from Agri-Enviornment Branch, AFBI on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 1.30 pm in G5, AFBI Headquarters,  Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5PX.
“I’d rather see a bad variety like that in your trial than my field!” – this was the comment a farmer passed on to one of the scientists at the AFBI Plant Testing Station, Crossnacreevy at a maize open day.
Genetic selection for milk production in dairy cows over the last few decades has resulted in higher milk yields.
Published: 12 Mar 2015
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) recently hosted a workshop in Dublin on water quality and sustainable intensification of agriculture in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Research and technology being employed at the Environment and Renewable Energy Centre at AFBI Hillsborough has been shortlisted in the 2015 Action Renewables Awards, which recognise and reward leaders and advocates in the field of renewables across Northern Ireland. Now in their seventh year, these prestigious industry awards, sponsored by Tughans Solicitors and electricity supplier Vayu, are gearing up for their biggest year yet, set to take place at the historic Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office on Friday 27th March 2015.
A recently completed AFBI research project that aimed to determine the level of close range contact between badgers and cattle at pasture in Northern Ireland has found little evidence that the species interact with each other directly.
The recently published Cereal Recommended List for Northern Ireland 2015 provides a comprehensive guide to varieties best suited for use within Northern Ireland and is based on data collected from the extensive variety evaluation programmes carried out by AFBI Crossnacreevy and part-funded by the Home Grown Cereal Authority (HGCA) (www.hgca.com).  Whilst there are some common varieties on the Northern Ireland, UK and Irish Recommended Lists, the AFBI/DARD recommendations are tailored to specific growing conditions, end-uses and grower preferences in Northern Ireland.
You are invited to attend a lunchtime seminar on “Pigs, Pongs and People – a new look at pig-house odour” given by Linda Farmer of Food Science Branch to be held in AFBI Headquarters, Newforge Lane, Malone Upper, Belfast, BT9 5PX on Tuesday 24th March 2015 at 1.30pm.