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Location: Latitude 50°07’N, Longitude 08°16’W

Area: 100 ha (effective) 5 ha is nder plots and used for grass variety research

Milking Cows: 300 (250 spring calving and 50 autumn calving)

System:
Spring calving herd: Typically cows are turned out to pasture directly post-calving and annually achieve a 300-day grazing season. Twelve week calving season.
Autumn calving herd: Typically calve at grass in mid-October, graze until the start of November at which point they are housed and fed a TMR diet, they return to grass again in early spring
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.

Dairy Infrastructure:

  • 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 – Callan Gate System) 
  • Metabolism house for 12 cows- facility to undertake detailed rumen nutrition studies 
  • Total winter cubicle housing facilities for 300 cows 
  • Underpass tunnel connecting the farm into one complete block
  • Land area laid out to facilitate detailed grazing experimental work, all experimental area reseeded in last 7 years

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