The 200 cow CAFRE Dairy Herd is used in the education and training of full and part-time students in practical dairy herd husbandry and management skills. The key areas include milking routine, feeding, cow health and analysing herd physical and financial performance. The Dairy Herd is also used to demonstrate best management practice to dairy farmers, through a series of Knowledge Transfer projects.
Dairy Open Days
Performance of the herd against the KPIs will be discussed at the CAFRE Dairy Open Days on 24th and 25th January 2018. Tours will start from 10.30am every 20 minutes each day and the tours will last for two hours. The last tour will start at 1.30pm. A light lunch will be available after the tour.
There will be six stops on the tour of the Greenmount Dairy Farm which will focus on:
- Benchmarking Dairy Herd Performance
- Replacement Heifer rearing
- Slurry utilisation and forage production
- Dry cow management
- Cow and calf management at calving
- Feed efficiency and current herd diets
Further details are available through the Dairy Open Day App which can be downloaded from: Cafre Open Day Tour