Duchy Future Farm is a first of its kind for England, driving improvements in efficiency, animal health and welfare, environmental best practice and technological advancement in dairy farming. The 220-cow, 2 acre dairy research platform offers a host of features, including an ability to split the College’s commercial Holstein Friesians into three mini herds, allowing measuring and comparison of different management techniques. Installed is a computerised, precision-control feeding system, plus an ability to separate slurry and manure from the different groups of animals, allowing multiple research projects to be run simultaneously – including exploring the storage, spreading and treatment of slurry and manure.
Key research expertise
This innovative dairy facility with a low environmental footprint can provide essential information for the precision management of grazing dairy cattle. It offers the capability to compare all production systems e.g. extensive (grazing) v intensive and to measure manure, resource management and environmental impact. Animals are all monitored using ground-breaking research techniques.
- Capability to manage 3 mini-herds with segregated slurry stores
- Automatic feeding system
- Herringbone milking parlour
- Cow sensors for health, welfare, breeding, welfare & nutrition
- Building and parlour sensors.
The ability to define the attributes of robust cows that can sustain high productivity and economic evaluation of management techniques and interventions.
Supporting the Grand Challenges facing livestock food production:
Climate Smart Food Systems
Resource Efficiency & Precision Nutrition
Health & Welfare Management