Northern Ireland Study Tour – in conjunction with AIB
Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June 2015
The ASA is grateful to AIB for its generous support for this important event in our wide-ranging programme of activities.
Tuesday 23 June
Over 40 ASA members attended the Northern Ireland Study Tour last week.
See places they visited and photos below
Thursday 18 June
- Greenmount College research farm, Co Antrim – 170 cows on high input system; investment of £2.5m in new facilities.Visit farm of
- Pritchitts, Newtownards, Co Down – a Lakeland Dairies company, specialising in food service products; includes a state of the art, fully automated, global logistics centre.
- Thomas Steele, Kircubbin, Ards Peninsula, Co Down; UK Dairy Farmer of the Year; 500 cows on 400 acres; average yield 10,000 litres.
Overnight in Premier Inn, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
- Dinner and stakeholder discussion forum in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast. Speakers:
- George Ramsbottom, Dairy Specialist, Teagsasc
- Ian McCluggage, Head of Business for Agricultural Development, CAFRE
- Patrick O’Meara, Agri Advisor, AIB
Friday 19 June
- Thompsons Feed Mill, York Road, Belfast; the largest multi-species feed mill in Europe with an annual output of almost 0.5m tonnes.
- Simon Best’s tillage farm, Poyntzpass, Newry, Co Down; over 1,000 acres of crops, including winter wheat, oats, oilseed rape and beans; contract with White’s Speedicook, Tandragee, Co Armagh, Ireland’s largest oat miller; move towards conservation crops, spreading of green waste and herbicide/fungicide decision making among the many interesting topics for discussion.
15 IASIS CPD points available for this part of the tour.
- Jonathon Carson’s 100 cow suckler herd in Downpatrick, Co Down. Jonathon entered organic system in 2006 and is achieving output levels and livestock performance which convertional farmers would envy. Limousin x Friesian Suckler cows, Charolais and Limousin Terminal sires with all progeny finished to beef, sold under organic symbol. The Carson Farm is a Northern Ireland Focus Farm.
Click here to view: VIDEO Collage of highlights of Northern Ireland Tour