An industry-funded PhD scholar is set to share the findings of his studies in a webinar next Monday.

The event hosted by AgriSearch, CAFRE, AFBI and DAERA is titled ‘Home-grown proteins and their use in dairy cow diets’ and will take place on Monday, March 8 at 7:30pm.

Dr. David Johnston’s PhD studentship was jointly funded by DAERA and AgriSearch and was jointly supervised by Queen’s University Belfast and AFBI.

AgriSearch general manager Jason Rankin said: “I would like to congratulate David on the successful completion of his PhD.

“The publication of these findings is very timely as there is renewed interest in growing protein crops in Northern Ireland.

“AgriSearch has supported numerous PhD studentships over the past 24 years, many of whom now occupy leadership positions within the Northern Ireland agri-food sector.

By supporting PhDs, we are not only conducting research of relevance to our farmer levy payers, but also investing in the future of our industry.

“We wish David every success with his future career.”

AgriSearch recently published a booklet on the use of home-grown proteins in dairy cow diets which is available to download from the AgriSearch website.

The document includes an overview of the new DAERA pilot support scheme for protein crops, as well as information regarding crop husbandry and agronomy of protein crops, farmer experience of growing field beans and the results of recent research at AFBI Hillsborough on the inclusion of home-grown proteins in dairy cow diets.


AgriSearch (The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) was formed in 1997 to provide a mechanism through which beef, dairy and sheep farmers could have direct involvement in production orientated research.

Funds contributed to AgriSearch are used to commission research into the improvement and development of beef, sheep and dairy farming.

AgriSearch’s guiding principle is to provide practical benefits for primary producers to reduce costs, improve performance, drive innovation and improve welfare.