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Extension to the term of appointment of members to AFBI board announced

Extension to the term of appointment of members to AFBI board announced

Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Edwin Poots has announced an extension to the term of appointment for...

November 23, 2021

11 new members appointed to AFBI board

11 new members appointed to AFBI board

Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Edwin Poots has announced the appointment of eleven new members to...

November 18, 2021

AFBI grassland experiment passes 50-year milestone

AFBI grassland experiment passes 50-year milestone

By Jonathan Holland, Agri-Environment Branch, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute The Long-term Slurry (LTS) site is one of the longest-running grassland...

September 30, 2021

Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

Northern Ireland farmers are costing themselves thousands in additional heifer rearing costs by calving on average four and a half...

September 15, 2021

Feeder inaccuracy of up to 15% found on NI dairy farms

Feeder inaccuracy of up to 15% found on NI dairy farms

Out of kilter feeders could be adding up to 15% in additional feed costs with every milking, a project by...

September 8, 2021

NI farm medicines project secures £30,000 from venture capital fund

NI farm medicines project secures £30,000 from venture capital fund

Northern Ireland scientists have secured £30,000 in venture capital funding to develop a system simplifying the process of recording farm...

July 19, 2021

Performance recording linked with lower emission flocks

Performance recording linked with lower emission flocks

Performance recording is an opportunity Northern Ireland’s sheep sector can no longer afford to ignore, according to industry advisors. A...

July 15, 2021

Leatherjacket survey launched to drive mitigation efforts

Leatherjacket survey launched to drive mitigation efforts

An industry survey hopes to identify the extent of the leatherjacket challenge for Northern Ireland grassland farmers. The survey is...

July 7, 2021

New farm book tells the story of farming and food in verse

New farm book tells the story of farming and food in verse

A leading communicator within the farming and food sectors has indicated that more can be done to encourage the inclusion...

June 26, 2021

AFBI scientists warn Climate Change Bill will require livestock reduction

AFBI scientists warn Climate Change Bill will require livestock reduction

Scientists have warned it will be “extremely challenging” for Northern Ireland to reduce its methane emissions from agriculture in order...

June 22, 2021

What are the production drivers within dairy?

What are the production drivers within dairy?

Recent Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)-funded research, carried out by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Economics...

June 14, 2021

Royalty dispute sees AFBI cease to pay Corporation Tax

Royalty dispute sees AFBI cease to pay Corporation Tax

Royalty payments made to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) have slumped to the degree that the institute no longer...

June 10, 2021

Grazing targets for replacement dairy heifers

Grazing targets for replacement dairy heifers

The rearing of heifers contributes a significant cost to dairy systems, yet can be the most commonly overlooked component. Grazing...

June 3, 2021

Is virtual fencing the future on beef farms?

Is virtual fencing the future on beef farms?

New grazing technologies will allow beef producers to develop off-farm income opportunities while, at the same time, improving the efficiency...

May 31, 2021

NI study suggests slurry separation hubs could offer solution to nutrient surplus

NI study suggests slurry separation hubs could offer solution to nutrient surplus

A study examining the potential of slurry separation technology has suggested the establishment of processing hubs in Northern Ireland could...

May 25, 2021

The use of clover in beef production systems

The use of clover in beef production systems

Making best use of clover in beef production systems was one of the main themes addressed in a recent beef...

May 24, 2021

How good are your calf rearing practices?

How good are your calf rearing practices?

Ongoing Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) research is highlighting the opportunity for calf rearing practices within Northern Ireland’s dairy sector...

May 18, 2021

£10 million allocated for new NI beef research centre

£10 million allocated for new NI beef research centre

£10 million of funding has been secured for a new beef research centre for the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI)...

May 12, 2021