The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) group ‘Multi-species Swards (MSS) for Beef and Sheep’ will be hosting a farm walk on Wednesday 1st September at the farm of group member Dale Orr in Strangford, County Down.

Over the past year the EIP Group, whose activities are jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), have been establishing multi-species swards on each of the six participant farms, exploring the different establishment techniques and determining the opportunities and challenges that arise as a result of incorporating MSS swards within a range of NI farming systems.

EIP Operational Group Member, Dale Orr said:

“There is significant interest in multi-species swards amongst Northern Ireland farmers but there is a lack of practical information about how multi-species swards can be established, managed and utilised successfully. We will be using this event to share our experiences as a group and allow those interested in MSS to come and see an established sward.”

The MSS for Beef and Sheep EIP Operational Group is supported by technical and administration leads from AFBI, Queen’s University and AgriSearch who along with CAFRE will also be presenting at the Farm Walk.

Tours will operate at regular intervals with the first tour starting at 10.30am and the final tour at 3pm.    All attendees must pre-book and can do so online by clicking here or phoning 07742485321 during office hours.

Additional information

Multi-species sward at the farm of Dale Orr
Multi-species sward at the farm of Dale Orr

The event will include several stops including:

  • Introduction to Multi-Species Swards
  • Farmer experiences of establishing and managing multi-species swards
  • Early results of NI research on multi-species swards
  • Establishment and early management of multi-species swards

To ensure social distancing numbers per tour are limited. All those wishing to attend must book tickets in advance. Eight groups will leave at regular intervals throughout the day. Tickets are time specific. Tours will last approximately 2 hours.

No persons should travel to the event if any of the following apply to them:

  • Suffering from any of the following symptoms; fever; cough; shortness of breath; difficulty breathing; loss of taste/smell.
  • If they have been advised by PHA contact tracing team to self-isolate for any reason.
  • They have travelled from outside Northern Ireland and have not yet completed any required periods of self-isolation.
  • Please sign in to site upon arrival (for contact tracing purposes).
  • If following your visit to the event sites you are contacted by the PHA contact tracing team you should cooperate fully in order for them to accurately trace potential contacts with AgriSearch staff or others during your visit.
  • Please follow all outlined controls within the risk assessment which will be provided before your meeting.

In the interests of biosecurity those attending are asked to wear clean clothing not previously worn while in direct contact with their own animals. Outdoor work boots should not be worn.