History:The farm was purchased in 1905 as an educational training facility and has been involved in education since then.In 2012 a research project was initiated and set up on the farm.
Location:Latitude 51°63'N,Longitude -08°85'E,height above sea level 25 – 70 m.
Area:84 ha (dairy effective,29 ha Drystock (beef & sheep) effective)
Milking Cows:160 – 180 (subject to scientific and educational 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.All replacement stock are reared on-farm.
Soil Type:Free-draining acid brown earth of light loam to gley soil loam in texture
Paddocks:110 (80 experimental paddocks,20 paddocks per treatment)
- 20 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
- 180 cow winter housing shed