On-farm trials in the spotlight

On-farm research results from trials on hill and lowland sheep farms will be under debate at the AgriSearch stand during the NSA Sheep NI 2015 event at Ballymena Mart on Mon, July 6.

Farmer co-researchers, those lamb producers, who host research supported by AgriSearch, will be on hand to give updates on these projects.

Having worked closely with research scientists from AFBI the flock owners can give a unique insight into how lessons learned from these investigations have improved their returns. Those calling at stand 96 will also be asked their views on future areas of research AgriSearch should be promoting.

An independent industry body AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development Council, was formed by the farming community in 1997 to give sheep, beef and dairy farmers direct involvement in production orientated research.

At Ballymena topics such as lameness, recording and better breeding to make progress in productivity will be much to the fore.

Indeed the very handy and robust pocket lameness guide will be available to flock owners.

So take time to call with AgriSearch to meet co-researchers, sheep advisory committee members and scientists. Aside from booklets available on the day further information is available, free, at www.agrisearch.org or email info@agrisearch.org to receive regular ezine updates.

Farming is a constantly changing industry and those, who do not seize the opportunity offered by change, will struggle to survive.

Thanks to AgriSearch pioneering farmers and scientists are working together to give NI lamb producers a roadmap to higher productivity.