Join us at AFBI Grass Open Day - AFBI Loughgall 21 June 2023

Date published: 13 June 2023

Area of Expertise:

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will open its doors to all at a major Grass Open Day at AFBI Loughgall on 21st June 2023 entitled GRASS: Grass-roots for Resilient, Adaptive & Successful Swards.

The AFBI Grass Open Day will be held on 21 June at AFBI Loughgall

The day will feature a tour of grass variety and sward mixture plots, providing a unique opportunity to see how grass varieties are bred and come to market, along with advice and information on how industry can increase the quality, growth and resilience of swards to maximize both profit and environment sustainability on farm.

The event will showcase a research tour involving seven stops, each designed to highlight how industry can optimise the quality, growth and resilience of grass-based swards to underpin the sustainability of cattle and sheep farming in Northern Ireland into the future.

The latest research and outputs coming from AFBI’s GrassCheck platform will be presented, highlighting how we can track the impacts of weather and ground conditions on grass growth patterns and grass quality on farm to improve productivity and resilience.

Important information on the ongoing Soil Nutrient Health Scheme will also be provided, with CAFRE advisors available on the day to provide advice on access to training and outputs from the scheme.

Researchers and industry representatives will also present the latest research on grass varieties and sward mixtures to maximise grass production, potential uses of multi-species and legume-based swards on farm, and how emissions can be reduced through improvements in grass quality.

The Open Day will also feature an indoor exhibition event, involving a wide variety of participants from different backgrounds, including industry representatives and advisors, such as The Ulster Farmer’s Union, AgriSearch, the Ulster Grassland Society and CAFRE, as well as a wide breath of scientists from different fields covering a range of research topics, enabling opportunities to view and discuss the latest research, as well as how developments in grass research can stimulate new ways of optimising farming practices.

Tours will depart every 30 minutes from 10.00 am until 6.30 pm, with tours expected to last approximately 2 hours. All are welcome but Eventbrite pre-registration is strongly advised to ensure participation in the desired tour slot.

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Notes to editors: 

AFBI’s Vision is “Scientific excellence delivering impactful and sustainable outcomes for society, economy and the natural environment”.

AFBI’s Purpose is “To deliver trusted, independent research, statutory and surveillance science and expert advice that addresses local and global challenges, informs government policy and industry decision making, and underpins a sustainable agri-food industry and the natural and marine environments”.

AFBI’s core areas:

  • Leading improvements in the agri-food industry.
  • Protecting animal, plant and human health.
  • Enhancing the natural and marine environment.

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