New £2 million Vet School dairy farm to be opened by BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson
Press release issued: 10 September 2013
A new £2 million state-of-the-art dairy farm at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences at Langford will be officially opened by farmer and BBC One Countryfile presenter, Adam Henson, tomorrow, Wednesday 11 September.
Professor Jo Price, Head of the School of Veterinary Sciences, said: “This is an exciting time for the Vet School. The new dairy unit will enable our undergraduate and postgraduate students to be taught in a world-class facility. It will provide the best standards of animal welfare for our dairy herd and will support our research on the prevention and treatment of diseases of farm animals.”
The farm, which is approximately 250 acres, includes numerous features to ensure high welfare standards. The dairy herd will be housed in deep sand bedded cubicles, with parts of the floors covered in soft rubber to protect the cows’ feet and when housed cows will be fed a total mixed ration using grass, maize and whole crop wheat silages grown on the farm.
Since the new facility has been built the farm’s herd of Pedigree Holstein cows have increased in number from 110 to 180 cows and will soon reach 200, with each cow giving over 9,000 litres of milk per year. The farm also has a newly established breeding flock of 100 New Zealand Romney ewes. Since 2010 it has been managed by Velcourt Farm Management.