May 13, 2020

Use of Lime to Maximise Soil Nutrient Performance

Mary Ann Alexander, CAFRE Agri-Environment Adviser, Magherafelt There are many benefits to spreading lime on farm. Lime is a soil conditioner and controls the soil acidity by neutralising the effects […]

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May 13, 2020

Grazing Cows this Summer

Michael Verner, CAFRE Dairying Development Adviser, Newry In recent years there appear to have been more and more cows being housed over the summer months. In some cases this may […]

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May 11, 2020

CAFRE encourages Food Innovation during Covid – 19

Christine Haydock, CAFRE Senior Food Technologist Covid-19 has impacted the NI food sector, as companies across Northern Ireland have modified production lines to adhere with government guidelines. They have consolidated […]

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May 11, 2020

Silage on Conacre Land – What Cost?

Alan Hopps, CAFRE Senior Dairying Adviser, Armagh The average dairy farm using benchmarking takes 42% of their total land farmed as conacre. The price paid per year varies widely depending […]

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May 11, 2020

Simple Checks for Busy Farmers

Henry Shaw CAFRE Agri Environment Adviser, Downpatrick  No farmer wants to pollute watercourses, but sometimes the simple things that need repaired ‘go on the long finger’ and this can lead […]

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May 11, 2020

Grassland Weed Control on Dairy Farms

Olwen Gormley, CAFRE Senior Dairy Adviser and David Patterson, AFBI Grassland Agronomist The presence of broadleaved weeds in grassland will limit grass yield and quality.  Docks and chickweed are nutrient […]

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May 11, 2020

Soil Analysis for Poultry Producers

An improvement in the weather this past few weeks and drier ground conditions have encouraged poultry producers to spread manure in an effort to provide nutrients for grass and crop […]

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May 11, 2020

Creep feeding lambs – is it an option?

Gareth Beacom, CAFRE Beef and Sheep Development Adviser  Financial benchmarking completed by CAFRE on Northern Ireland sheep farms consistently highlights a strong correlation between weaning percentage and enterprise profitability. A […]

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May 11, 2020

Whole-Crop Management this Spring

Michael Garvey, CAFRE Dairy Development Adviser Michael Garvey, CAFRE Dairy Development Adviser, has been taking a number of queries from local dairy farmers who have taken the opportunity to sow […]

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April 29, 2020

Dairy Heifer Management at Grass

CAFRE Dairying Advisers and AFBI Researchers Rearing dairy heifer replacements represents significant expense. Analysis of 2018/19 CAFRE benchmarking data has indicated that the average cost associated with rearing a dairy […]

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April 29, 2020

Dairy Farmers- Measure to Manage

Zara Morrison, CAFRE Dairy Adviser, Coleraine Dairy farmers are currently facing a difficult time due to the coronavirus pandemic. With an increase in meal prices and milk price dropping, monitoring […]

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April 29, 2020

Nesting Material for Sows

Liz Donnelly, CAFRE Pig Development Adviser Nest building is an important part of preparing for farrowing. Irrespective of where sows farrow, whether it is in the wild, outside or in […]

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April 24, 2020

CAFRE is Still Recruiting

Hi my name is Deirdre Cooper and I manage the Schools Recruitment Team for CAFRE. Just wanted to let everyone know that although CAFRE is closed we are still welcoming […]

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