Local Feed Advisers trained to tackle emissions from farm.

Members of the Feed Adviser Register (FAR) play an integral role advising farmers on optimum livestock nutrition to maximise returns and reduce nutrient losses.   Actively engaging with local farmers throughout the Province on a daily basis, and often providing valuable advice on a wide range of topics, spanning animal nutrition, health and welfare and efficiency improvements, it is estimated that the 134 registered advisers could be advising around 10,000 farmers or 40% of all farm businesses in Northern Ireland.

Feed advisers and CAFRE staff on an environmental training session on the Greenmount College Farm.
Feed advisers and CAFRE staff on an environmental training session on the Greenmount College Farm.

FAR was set up in 2013 as a UK wide voluntary industry initiative to help reduce emissions from livestock farming.  It provides assurance that those delivering advice have undertaken the necessary training and continued professional development, as verification of technical competence.

A major focus of FAR is on reducing nutrient losses.  Using inputs like feed and fertiliser more efficiently can help to reduce ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions to the air, while decreasing the risk of phosphorus and nitrogen entering water courses and maximising returns at the same time. 

Feed advisers are trained to produce precisely balanced rations for livestock and can advise on a range of measures to minimise the emissions from intensive farming.
Feed advisers are trained to produce precisely balanced rations for livestock and can advise on a range of measures to minimise the emissions from intensive farming.

 

The Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association (NIGTA) have developed specific environmental training for Northern Ireland feed advisers in response to the challenges farmers are facing locally. 

This is being delivered by CAFRE at Greenmount College and at the end of the one day training event, advisers must successfully complete a validation test to be awarded a certificate of competence.  

The initiative has been widely consulted on and warmly welcomed by government, agricultural and environmental stakeholders.  

The intention is that all registered feed advisers in Northern Ireland will complete the training and be able to demonstrate competence in delivering advice on farm to reduce nutrient losses and ultimately maximise returns.  The 4 training days already completed have been ruminant focused with 47 feed advisers gaining their accreditation to date. Special courses for pig and poultry advisers  will follow in the coming months.  

Further training sessions will be scheduled for this Spring and advisers wishing to attend should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07818 888877.