Catch up on farm walks you have missed

Host farmer Kenneth McKinstry, second left, with guest speakers at the AgriSearch farm walk near Magherafelt, which focused on using synchronisation in suckler herds. A topic that drew a crowd way beyond that expected. Only thanks to the quick action by nearby Loup GAA club was it possible to park all cars off the narrow roads.

Host farmer Kenneth McKinstry, second left, with guest speakers at the AgriSearch farm walk near Magherafelt, which focused on using synchronisation in suckler herds. A topic that drew a crowd way beyond that expected. Only thanks to the quick action by nearby Loup GAA club was it possible to park all cars off the narrow roads.

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Did you miss the recent AgriSearch farms walks on using synchronisation in suckler herds?

Events such as that hosted by Kenneth and David McKinstry, which drew almost a 100 fellow farmers to their Magherafelt farmyard.

Then use website www.agrisearch.org to catch up on the results from these and other farm based trials of practical interest to beef, lamb and milk producers.

“The support from farmers, their suppliers, processors and indeed the wider rural community for farm based trials has been most encouraging,” commented AgriSearch general manager Jason Rankin.

“Though over 250 farmers attended our three suckler synchronisation farm walks large numbers could not due to workload at home or in some cases their off farm careers. Hard pressed herd owners, who could benefit from using synchronisation to ensure as many as 80% of their cows calve within a fortnight and to better sires.

“Time browsing the AgriSearch website or talking with fellow farmers and the researchers they work with will be time well spent on the AFBI Balmoral Show stand.”