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Tree planting policy for NI described as ‘not fit for purpose’

Tree planting policy for NI described as ‘not fit for purpose’

One of Northern Ireland’s leading foresters has confirmed the positive potential of tree planting as a frontline response for agriculture,...

June 20, 2022

Research: Climate obligations may force cap on NI livestock numbers

Research: Climate obligations may force cap on NI livestock numbers

Climate change obligations may limit livestock numbers in Northern Ireland, according to recent research and modelling. Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute...

June 13, 2022

Soil Nutrient Health Scheme ‘a major milestone’ for industry

Soil Nutrient Health Scheme ‘a major milestone’ for industry

Northern Ireland’s (NI’s) Soil Nutrient Health Scheme is now open for applications, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). The...

June 3, 2022

Sheep scab control programme gets underway in Northern Ireland

Sheep scab control programme gets underway in Northern Ireland

A three-year programme, designed to control sheep scab in Northern Ireland has been launched this week. However, the man driving...

May 26, 2022

Can the promise of biomethane be fully realised?

Can the promise of biomethane be fully realised?

The results of a study, looking at the potential for biomethane production in Northern Ireland, show considerable promise. However, those...

May 11, 2022

AFBI and Barenbrug mark three decades of cooperation

AFBI and Barenbrug mark three decades of cooperation

Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Barenbrug are marking a 30-year partnership, one that has seen the development...

December 21, 2021

Ballyvoy and Dundrod – two new perennial ryegrass varieties from AFBI

Ballyvoy and Dundrod – two new perennial ryegrass varieties from AFBI

Two new, Agri-Food and Biosciences’ Institute (AFBI) grass varieties – Ballyvoy and Dundrod – are about to be released on to the...

December 7, 2021

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

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