Research Focus - Grazing management
History: Purchased as a 100ha block for dairy cow research in 1958. The Land Commission granted the Moorepark Estate to Teagasc to establish a Research Centre; the initial activity centred around putting suitable facilities in place for laboratories and animals and the employment of research, technical and general staff to undertake the research work. The work that started in 1958 is still being continued today and integrates cutting edge technology to help increase the efficiency of dairy production systems. Every second year an open day is held on the Moorepark farm highlighting technological advances.
Location: Latitude 50°07’N, Longitude 08°16’W
Area: 100 ha (effective) 5 ha is nder plots and used for grass variety research as well as other component plot studies
Milking Cows: 300 spring calving
Spring calving herd: Typically cows are turned out to pasture directly post-calving and annually achieve a 300-day grazing season. Ten week calving season.
All male calves are sold at 2 weeks old and heifer calves are reared on an outside block.
Soil Type: Free-draining acid brown earth of sandy loam to loam in texture
Aspect: South facing, 40m above sea level.
- 30 unit sequential bale parlour with automatic cow ID, automatic cluster removers, cluster cleanse, daily electronic milk weighting and sampling, in parlour feeding, milking behaviour recording, weighting and drafting facilities.
- Facility to feed multiple concentrate types in parlour
- 10 unit specialized milking unit and associated laboratories for component milking technology research
- 90 cow feed shed
- Individual cow feed access points for daily dry matter intake recording – Hokofarm Group RIC Feed System
- Metabolism house for 12 cows- facility to undertake detailed rumen nutrition studies
- Total winter cubicle housing facilities for 300 cows
- Underpass connects farm blocks
- Land area laid out to facilitate detailed grazing experimental work
- All experimental area reseeded in last 7 years
Currently there are 300 dairy cows in the Moorepark Farm herd. Cows are mated with sires from the ICBF active bull list. Below is the EBI report of the Moorepark Farm herd (2019).
(October 2016, ICBF)
Sires of Cows: