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
AFBI-Hillsborough
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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

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