Hosted by AFBI CEO Dr Stanley McDowell, the first in-person conference in over three years took place over three sessions at the Hilton Hotel Templepatrick.  Throughout the day sector leaders, civil servants and policy makers including DAERA’s Permanent Secretary Katrina Godfrey gathered to hear from some of AFBI’s leading scientists and internationally renowned specialists on a range of relevant industry topics and issues.
Soil Sampling Scheme well underway
The Soil Nutrient Health Scheme (SNHS) is rolling out in its first phase in County Down and parts of Counties Armagh and Antrim. Sampling teams are now on the ground across the area, working systematically to cover the 150,000 fields registered for sampling over the winter period.
Read more and see Video link for further information on the scheme
AFBI Launches Decarbonising NI Agricultural Series
A series of press articles featuring how AFBI science is helping NI farmers to reduce emissions from agriculture has been launched.  Look our for the articles over the Autumn and Winter months on the AFBI website and in the local media.
Link to articles and Video link
Science and Stormont
AFBI Veterinary Scientists recently attended the Science and Stormont event at Parliament Buildings Belfast. They listened and took part in an afternoon of interesting and informative talks on the theme of "Building our future: Research and innovation in Northern Ireland".
AutoDairy Project needs Dairy Farmers
AFBI would like to collaborate with farmers who are planning to install an Automatic Milking System or Lameness Detection system. This project will assess how automation affects cow welfare, farm labour and productivity. Read more
New AFBI project evaluates milk production from sustainable feed resources
AFBI researchers have started work on a major new research project which aims to examine strategies to produce milk from more sustainable feed sources. The project titled SusMilk (Sustainable Milk), is funded by DAERA, and will run over the next three years.
Read more
Source to Tap Project – Do Agri-Environmental Schemes have an impact on Water Quality?
A new study has demonstrated that for every £1 invested in providing farmers with on-farm advice and implementing the right measure in the right locations, a £3.36 benefit in terms of drinking water quality can be realised over a 30-year period.       Read more
Cod Tagging Project sees first return!
The first cod tagged released in a fisheries project has been re-captured by the crew of the fishing vessel Sparkling Sea. To better understand the behaviour of cod in the Irish Sea and their migration, AFBI scientists have been tagging cod with electronic data storage tags, which record depth and temperature data ... Read more
DAERA Perm Sec visits AFBI
The DAERA Permanent Secretary, Katrina Godfrey has made a series of visits to AFBI including Newforge, Hillsborough and Stormont.  During the visits she met AFBI's expert scientists and saw first-hand the cutting-edge science work which leads to improvements in the agri-food industry, protects animal, plant and human health and enhances the natural and marine environment.
Farming Life Awards
AFBI were pleased to sponsor the 'Unsung Hero' catergory at this years Farming Life Awards.  Well done to all the Winners and especially to Ciaran McCaughan who was the winner of the Unsung Hero category who received his award from AFBI Director Professor Elizabeth Magowan
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