New Dairy Systems to be Trialled at Demonstration Farm

Three new farming systems geared towards sustainable dairy farming practices will be trialled at Lincoln University’s dairy farm.

According to Lincoln University, the three systems are variable milking frequency, the inclusion of plantain in the forage base, and a reduction in the herd replacement rate.

The 186 hectare farm has been used for 19 years as a hub for farmers and the industry to gather and discuss new knowledge, skills and technology that might affect the dairy sector.

The trials will be managed by the South Island Dairying Demonstration Centre, an industry funded partnership between Lincoln University, DairyNZ, Ravensdown, SIDE, LIC and AgResearch.

Lincoln University deputy vice chancellor Grant Edwards noted that the farm systems would be regularly assessed and revisited in order to contribute to the dairying and the wider primary sector.

The first open day (subject to Level 2) is on October 6.