UGS winter meeting to be held at Blakiston Houston Estates

UGS WALK RI Farm
PLANS: UGS President Jim Freeburn discussing plans for the UGS Winter Meeting at Reynolds Farm, Ballymiscaw on November 12 with Jack Blakiston Houston (Estate Director) and Ivor Lowry (Farm Manager).

THE Ulster Grassland Society has announced plans for its Winter Meeting, which will be held at Blakiston Houston Estates, Dundonald, on Tuesday, November 12, commencing at 11am.

The visit will be based at Reynolds Farm on the Ballymiscaw Road, Dundonald and will give visitors a chance to see the 300 cow Holstein dairy herd and followers.

At present the herd is achieving almost 9,000 litres of milk on a TMR with a commendable Milk From Forage figure of 3,315 litres per cow with the herd milked through a 24/48 Dairymaster milking parlour.

The farm walk will allow visitors to discuss herd management and performance with particular features including design of the dairy accommodation (built 2004); breeding policy using AI and sexed semen on heifers; integration of the dairy herd with other farm enterprises and the use of technology, including wind turbines, solar panels, slurry separator and slurry robots.

Estate Director Jack Blakiston Houston will welcome visitors and the farm tour will be led by Ivor Lowry, Farm Manager, assisted by other farm staff, including Ian McAteer, Herd Manager.

The event is open to UGS members and friends and will commence with registration and tea/coffee at 11am with the farm walk proper getting underway at 11.30am. The visit will conclude with lunch at approximately 1.30pm.

Visitors are encouraged to wear warm clothing not normally worn/used on farm along with clean footwear to assist with biosecurity.

Prior booking is essential and should be made to UGS Secretary George Reid asap by email secretary@ulstergrassland.co.uk or mobile 07920 037910.

UGS President Jim Freeburn and the Executive Committee look forward to welcoming members and friends to this Winter Meeting on November 12.

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