Webinar to highlight on-farm experiences of establishing multi-species grasslands


Multi-species lawns offer a number of possible on-farm benefits (reduced fertilizer requirements, improved soil structure, drought resistance, etc.), but adoption in Northern Ireland has been limited to this day. A European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project led by AgriSearch has, however, tested their implementation over the last 12 months.

The EIP project group is made up of six cattle and sheep farmers from across the province alongside researchers from AFBI and Queen’s University and is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Each farm has taken a slightly different approach to settlement and it is their personal experiences that this webinar will focus on. Each of the six farmers involved in the EIP project (Dale Orr, Strangford; Sam Chesney, Kircubbin; Roger Bell, Kells; Paul Turley, Downpatrick; Crosby Cleland, Saintfield; Andrew Clarke/Wayne Acheson, Cookstown) will present on the evening covering topics such what species they bred and why, what establishment method they used, what challenges they faced, and what their thoughts are so far regarding grass performance and management.

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Members of the EIP Multi-species Sward for Beef & Sheep group during a visit to the UCD Lyons estate in October.

Results from SUPER-G MSS research studies conducted on commercial farms and at AFBI Hillsborough will also be presented in the webinar by Sarah Brown (AgriSearch) and Dr. David Patterson (AFBI) respectively.

The webinar will also provide plenty of opportunities to ask questions directly to each of the farmers.

Full event details and registration details are available on the AgriSearch website.

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