Tour 3: From Dairy Research to Farm Practice
Visit the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute which carries out high impact research and development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions for the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Development, other Government departments, funding bodies and commercial companies. AFBI is a multi-disciplinary scientific institute offering world class scientific services to a wide range of customers in the agri-food sector, including, in addition to the above, scientific solutions and new knowledge in agriculture, food, animal and plant health, marine and freshwater ecosystems and the agri-environment.
The visit will be to the livestock research facility at AFBI Hillsborough, to see the application of precision technologies to improve feed and forage use efficiency and studies to limit the environmental footprint of dairying. There will also be an opportunity to see how a new precision grazing platform and real-time digital monitoring of grass growth on a network of local farms is seeking to increase the proportion of forage in diets and so milk from grass.
|Time||Tour 3: From Dairy Research to Farm Practice
|09.30 – 09.40||Arrive Hillsborough – tea/coffee available|
|09.40 – 09.45||Welcome to AFBI||Sinclair Mayne|
|09.45 – 10.00||Overview of AFBI – Hillsborough||Trevor Gilliland|
|10.00 – 10.50||Rearing heifers for today’s dairy industry – precision approaches, maintaining welfare and achieving targets||Steven Morrison and Agri Search farmers|
|10.50 – 11.20||Nutrient management and anaerobic digestion – a NI view point||Gary Lyons and John Bailey|
|11.20 – 12.00||Grass – a key NI resource – making more use of it||Debbie McConnell and Agri Search farmers|
|12.00 – 12.20||Making better use of concentrates within confined dairy systems||Conrad Ferris|
|12.20 – 12.40||The GHG challenge – recent research findings||Tianhai Yan|
|12.45 – 13.45||Lunch (hot buffet with sandwiches, tea and coffee)|
|13.45 – 14.30||Improving nutritional properties of milk through dairy cow feeding and management||Helene McNulty and Univeristy of Ulster staff|