‘Future Farm’ to redefine dairy research and learning

A £3m dairy research centre will open at Duchy College in autumn 2020, driving improvements in efficiency, technology, animal health and welfare, and environmental best practice.

The two-acre facility will include 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.

There will be 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 ones exploring the storage, spreading and treatment of slurry and manure.

Sited on land the College rents from Prince Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall estate, the centre will see researchers collaborate with scientists from other world-leading centres, while also acting as a learning platform for Duchy students and a demonstration farm.