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Agricultural Research Forum

The Annual Meeting of the Agricultural Research Forum will be held in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly on Monday, 11th and Tuesday, 12th March 2013. The Research Forum provides an opportunity for the presentation and publication of new scientific information relating to Soils & Fertilizers, Animal Reproduction, Environment & Emissions, Animal Nutrition, Production Systems & Economics, Molecular Genetics, Grassland and Biodiversity, Animal Health and Animal Production.

The Forum places emphasis on novel, high quality agricultural research and on the professional presentation of results. It will provide an opportunity for scientists, specialists, advisers and others working in the above areas to interact and exchange views.

Prof Michael Diskin, Teagasc Athenry, and chairman of the organising committee for the Agricultural Research Forum said: “The quality of the scientific papers this year is high. The Irish agri-sector has set ambitious production targets in the Food Harvest 2020 report, and scientific research will play a critical role in helping the sector achieve these targets in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Among the papers being presented are:

  • Assessing the potential for carbon sequestration in grazed Irish grasslands
  • Impact of technology on the profitability of BETTER Sheep Farms
  • Evaluating expansion strategies for start-up EU dairy farm businesses
  • Development of a new management index for the Irish dairy cattle economic breeding
  • Ground coverage assessments of perennial ryegrass using digital imaging index
  • The influence of white clover inclusion in perennial ryegrass swards on milk and herbage
  • Production in a high N fertilizer system
  • Effect of 9-hour transport by road on physiology and performance of young bulls

Further details are available at www.agresearchforum.com  or 091-845200.

Registration will be accepted on both days of the conference.