AFBI celebrates 10 years of making a difference
The theme of the event is "AFBI Science Making a Difference" and a particular focus will be research results that can help dairy farmers improve production efficiency at this time of poor economic return ... read more
Prepare now for high-quality silage next winter
Decisions taken now and over the next six weeks will have a major effect on silage quality next winter ... read more
AFBI analysis of dairy market prospects
Expectations that demand would continue to grow strongly – along with the abolition of milk quotas in 2015 – contributed to optimism in the dairy sector in the UK, and more generally in the EU ... read more
AFBI issues nematodirus warning - spring 2016
Nematodirus infection results from the ingestion of large numbers of infective worm larvae present on contaminated pasture.
Lambs grazing the same pasture last year act as the source of this infection .... read more
Meet us at the Balmoral Show
For many years, AFBI, in association with its commercial partner Barenbrug, has produced world-leading grass varieties with higher yields and increased digestibility. Both of these characteristics are critical for farm productivity, good animal performance, and the development of quality food products from Northern Ireland’s 2,700 dairy farms in order to produce high-quality milk for local and export markets.
With that in mind, AFBI will be running a food sensory evaluation study focusing on cheese at the Balmoral Show and invites all visitors to the Show to assist. .... read more
AFBI online bee husbandry survey launched
This was undertaken in conjunction with the National Bee Unit in York, England who did a similar survey for England and Wales ... read more
AFBI welcomes new board members
On 24 March, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill announced the appointment of seven new members to the Board of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).
They are pictured L-R: Mr. Richard Solomon, Mrs. Sharon Smyth, Ms. Theresa Cullen, Dr. Michelle Costello-Smith, Dr. Richard Horton, Ms. Joan Houston and Mrs. Fiona Hanna.
Their appointments will be effective from 1 April 2016 for a term of three years.
Meet the Scientist
This month Dr. Linda Farmer, Head of Food Research Branch talks about her role within AFBI.
I became Head of Food Chemistry Branch in 2000 and Head of Food Science Branch when Food Chemistry and Food Microbiology merged in 2013. I am now Head of Food Research Branch following a further restructuring at the beginning of this year. One of the few advantages of the passage of time is that you begin to see patterns and cycles. Food had a high research priority when I first joined but has been through several “downs” and “ups” since ... read more