Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

Areas of Expertise

Animal Health and Welfare

AFBI’s animal health and welfare programme is directed towards helping government and industry maintain and improve the health and welfare of our production animals.


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Sustainable Livestock

‘Advancing Animal Science, Improving Livestock Farming’ is the focus of the AFBI research farm at Hillsborough, where scientific teams provide independent, internationally published res

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Grassland and Plant Science

AFBI delivers an internationally recognised programme in grass breeding, in conjunction with a commercial partner, Barenbrug, and conducts applied research on grassland agronomy.

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Environmental Protection

AFBI’s environmental research provides an improved understanding of the inter-relationships of agriculture, land use, climate change and the ecological status of freshwater resources in NI.

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Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems

This programme provides research, monitoring and technology transfer in support of evidence-based sustainable management of freshwater fisheries and marine resources in Northern Ireland.

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Food Quality and Safety

AFBI provides innovative research and development, analytical and diagnostic services and specialist advice on the chemistry and microbiology of food.


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AFBI’s socio-economic research programme provides an evidence base to inform policy and to help the agri-food sector to adapt to the volatile forces of globalisation.

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Access to information

How to request information from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme. 

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About Us

Contact us

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
18a Newforge Lane, 
Co Antrim 
Northern Ireland

Telephone: +44 (0)28 9025 5636