AFBI had a large and diverse presence at the 2016 RUAS Winter Fair, demonstrating research and services provided in support of the local dairy industry.
Up to date results from this year’s silage analysis provided by the Hillsborough Feeding and Information System were also presented. This service provides an accurate and reliable service for the local dairy sector, with forage analysis essential to ensure accurate feed rationing this winter.
AFBI Cattle Health Scheme
The highly successful AFBI Cattle Health Scheme, now in its 9th year, aims to monitor, control and eradicate a number of endemic diseases, through working closely with herd owners and their veterinary surgeons. The scheme also provides certification when a herd meets the agreed cattle health standards.
BVD Eradication Programme
Researchers from AFBI promoted the current eradication programme based on the testing of ear notch samples collected by farmers as part of the official tagging process. Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the most important diseases of cattle and is caused by the bovine viral diarrhoea virus. The programme is designed to identify calves persistently infected (PI) with BVD virus as soon as possible after birth to stop them spreading the infection.
AFBI has long-standing expertise in BVD and is supporting the local industry by providing advice and support for the programme at different levels. Indeed, AFBI’s research has improved the local knowledge on BVD and has influenced the design of the eradication programme.
AFBI is the only designated laboratory based in Northern Ireland and has been testing up to 70% of NI samples since the start of the compulsory phase of the programme. All BVD testing is accredited to the international ISO 17025 standard and the results are reported by qualified vets who are available for consultation.
Soil status and selection of Grass and Clover Varieties
Latest New Grass Variety from AFBI
AFBI, and commercial partner, Barenbrug, announced the release of the latest high yielding perennial ryegrass variety, Glenarm at the Fair. This new late diploid perennial ryegrass will be available for use on local farms in 2017. Glenarm is the latest addition to the extensive portfolio of high performance varieties which have been bred by AFBI, specifically for use on local farms.