Greenmount Campus Farm Centres are a critically important part of DAERA’s statutory authority to provide education and training to the agri-food industry across Northern Ireland. The farms perform a central role with students who attend land-based courses at Greenmount Campus and also the wide range of Knowledge and Technology Transfer projects demonstrated to farmers and industry.
LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) is a leading farm quality assurance system showing that food has been produced sustainably with care for the environment. This ethos links closely with that of CAFRE. For over ten years CAFRE has successfully completed the LEAF Marque audit and this process has helped the College to drive standards and stimulate innovation across all of the enterprises managed. LEAF Marque certification covers the whole farm business and applies to all products produced from the business.
The principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) underpin the requirements of the LEAF Marque certification. IFM is a whole farm business approach that delivers sustainable farming. Modern technology and traditional methods are both used with the goal of delivering prosperous farming that enriches the environment and engages local communities.
Managing the CAFRE estate and enterprises to IFM principles has demonstrated continuous improvement across the whole farm including: organisation and planning, soil management and fertility, crop health and protection, pollution control and by-product management, animal husbandry, energy efficiency, water management, landscape and nature conservation and community engagement.
The 200 cow dairy herd at Greenmount Campus aims to demonstrate an efficient dairy production system with a focus on environmental sustainability.
Beef and Sheep Centre
At Greenmount Campus the key aim of the Beef and Sheep Centre is to demonstrate efficient and sustainable production of beef and lamb with a particular focus on grassland management.
Hill Farm Centre
The Hill Farm Centre is located at Glenwherry in the Antrim Hills between Ballymena and Larne. It is a 960 hectare hill farm, with 120 suckler cows and 1,100 ewes.
The Machinery Centre is a specifically designed building, size 66.5m x 40.5m which hosts all of the mechanisation and building instruction at Greenmount Campus.
Veterinary Nursing Centre
Classes are taught in the purpose built Veterinary Nursing classroom installed with all the equipment necessary for small animal veterinary, surgical nursing and diagnostic imaging.