History: Purchased as a 29ha block for systems research in 1965.
Location: Latitude 50°07’N, Longitude 08°16’W
Area: 48 ha (effective)
Milking Cows: 140 (subject to scientific requirements)
System: Spring calving dairy herd. Typically cows are turned out to pasture directly post-calving and annually achieve a 300-day grazing season. All male calves are sold at 2 weeks old while the heifer calves are reared off farm.
Soil Type: Free-draining acid brown earth of sandy loam to loam in texture
Paddocks: 106 (18 paddocks per treatment)
- 18 unit herringbone parlour with automatic cow ID, automatic cluster removers, daily electronic milk weighting and sampling, in parlour feeding, milking behaviour recording, weighting and drafting facilities
- 147 cow winter housing shed
- 3 underpass tunnels connecting the farm into one complete block
- 858,000 litres over ground slurry storage.