Welcome to Issue 24 of AFBI News and Views.


As Northern Ireland’s premier provider of agri-food research AFBI has played a crucial role in bringing Europe’s largest animal science conference – The European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) annual meeting - to Belfast later this month.

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Experts visit Europe's largest eel fishery

The largest ever gathering of international eel experts seen in NI was recently hosted at Toomebridge, by the Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative Society (LNFCS), Europe’s biggest wild eel fishery. They were brought together by the International Council of the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), to discuss the issues ...

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AFBI Scientist recognised by CAAS

Dr Linda Farmer, of Food Research Branch in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), was recently appointed as a Distinguished Professor and Distinguished International Supervisor at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). This is in recognition of Dr Farmer’s international research ...

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Seed representatives visit AFBI Loughgall

A group of technical representatives from John Thompson & Sons recently visited AFBI Loughgall to see some of the new varieties coming forward from the AFBI Grass Breeding programme. Thompsons grass seeds mixtures are comprised almost entirely of AFBI-bred varieties ...

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AFBI Entomologist meets Prince Charles

On Thursday 21st July 2016 Dr Archie Murchie (AFBI Entomology) met with HRH The Prince of Wales at the opening of Daneway Banks nature reserve in Gloucestershire. The reserve has been jointly purchased by the Royal Entomological Society (RES) (of which Archie is Honorary Secretary) and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT).

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Chronic copper poisoning warning issued

The AFBI disease surveillance laboratories at Stormont and Omagh saw peak numbers of cases of chronic copper poisoning in sheep during the summer of 2015. While copper is an essential part of enzymes governing many biological functions, sheep are particularly susceptible ...

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Toome Eel Fisheries School Day

The Lough Neagh Fishermen's Cooperative Society recently hosted 70 pupils from local schools for a school's Information Day.  The school's, Creggan Primary School and St Oliver Plunkets Primary School both of Toomebridge were welcomed by Cathy Chauhan, Product Development & ...

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Event held at Waterways Ireland

AFBI's Dr Robert Rosell attended, by Invitation, an event at Waterways Ireland at their Enniskillen HQ. During a river boat tour from WWI to Devenish Island, Robert gave a presentation to The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Viscount and Lady Brookborough, First Minister Arlene Foster, and senior WWI staff  ...

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AFBI issues lungworm infection risk

Parasitic pneumonia, also known as hoose or husk, is an economically important disease in cattle caused by the lungworm Dictyocaulus viviparous.  Lungworm can result in severe financial losses due to loss of performance and fatalities in growing cattle, and drop in milk yield ...

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AFBI guest lunchtime seminar

You are invited to attend a lunchtime seminar on EuroDairy: a pan-European network for dairy farming given by Jason Rankin, AgriSearch on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 1.30pm in G5, AFBI Headquarters, Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5PX. EuroDairy is a new international network which aims to increase the economic, social and environmental sustainability of dairy farming in Europe, at a time of unprecedented challenge for the sector.

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Meet the Scientist - Dr John Archer

“Not more about grass Daddy”, was a common response from my children when I was discussing my research for my PhD. I have been analysing grass for over 27 years as part of the laboratory at AFBI Loughgall, within the Grass Breeding programme at Loughgall and now at Hillsborough.

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