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New farm-led research to investigate leatherjacket control strategies

New farm-led research to investigate leatherjacket control strategies

A group of four Fermanagh farmers have teamed up with AgriSearch and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) to investigate different...

April 14, 2021

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Silage can never be as high a quality of forage as the grass from which it was initially made. and...

April 1, 2021

Silage trials show quicker is better when it comes to wilting

Silage trials show quicker is better when it comes to wilting

Cutting grass earlier in the day could help speed up wilting – even in overcast conditions – according to in-house...

March 11, 2021

NIRS is revolutionising grassland and forage management

NIRS is revolutionising grassland and forage management

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is at the heart of numerous new technologies, all designed to help farmers and contractors secure accurate...

January 21, 2021

Dairy advice: It’s time to complete your spring rotation planner

Dairy advice: It’s time to complete your spring rotation planner

Now’s the time to set your farm up for the grazing season ahead with a spring rotation planner (SRP). The...

January 18, 2021

2 farming competitions will go ahead virtually this winter

2 farming competitions will go ahead virtually this winter

Two competitions in the winter farming calendar will go ahead, almost as normal this year, organisers have announced. The AgriScot...

September 23, 2020

Thinking about making third-cut silage? Here’s a few things to keep in mind…

Thinking about making third-cut silage? Here’s a few things to keep in mind…

A lot of second-cut silage has been saved across farms over the last few weeks, as the mixture of warm...

August 3, 2020

Tightening the calving pattern in the CAFRE dairy herd

Tightening the calving pattern in the CAFRE dairy herd

The dairy herd at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), fulfills two main roles – student training...

June 17, 2020

‘Open letter on the value of animal agriculture’ – penned by a global farming community

‘Open letter on the value of animal agriculture’ – penned by a global farming community

Almost 70 groups and individuals representing farmers, producers, vets and researchers from across the world have written an “open letter”...

June 5, 2020

What is the correct way to stack round bales of silage?

What is the correct way to stack round bales of silage?

In recent years, more and more baled silage has been made and this year is no different. Tractors and balers...

June 2, 2020

Farmers urged to consider clover swards to lower fertiliser costs

Farmers urged to consider clover swards to lower fertiliser costs

Farmers are being encouraged to consider how clover swards could save them money as the Covid-19 pandemic puts many farm businesses...

June 1, 2020

Dry weather hindering grass growth on livestock farms across the UK

Dry weather hindering grass growth on livestock farms across the UK

With parched fields now a common sight across the countryside, extremely dry weather over the past two months is starting...

May 31, 2020

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

Little improvements have been made in the nutritional quality of Northern Ireland silage over the last decade, according to a...

May 29, 2020

Latest science on methane emissions ‘ignored’ by media – Dr. Mitloehner

Latest science on methane emissions ‘ignored’ by media – Dr. Mitloehner

A “major, new narrative” on accurately quantifying methane emissions from livestock is largely supported by the science community – but...

May 27, 2020

Sheep advice: Think about quality over quantity when it comes to making silage

Sheep advice: Think about quality over quantity when it comes to making silage

Over the next few weeks, the task of gathering and storing next winter’s silage will begin. Sometimes on sheep farms,...

May 15, 2020

Grass advice: Don’t delay in taking out surplus paddocks for bales

Grass advice: Don’t delay in taking out surplus paddocks for bales

Grass growth has taken off once again over the past week or so in parts of the country, with the...

May 9, 2020

Controlling grassland weed on dairy farms – act now or pay next year

Controlling grassland weed on dairy farms – act now or pay next year

Docks are known to be one of the most troublesome grassland weeds, but did you know that leaving them in...

May 9, 2020

‘Agriculture is going full throttle; yet emissions remain the same’ – US scientist

‘Agriculture is going full throttle; yet emissions remain the same’ – US scientist

Agriculture is going “full throttle” across the globe, yet the sector’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions remain at pre-Covid-19 levels, it...

April 19, 2020