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Support for Dairy Farmers

The CAFRE Dairy Team has developed a wide range of knowledge and technology transfer projects to demonstrate best management practice across key technical issues facing Northern Ireland dairy farmers. 

CAFRE Dairy Herd

Dairy Technical Support

Technologists based at Greenmount Campus, translate the latest research findings through a range of projects to make a positive impact on your farm business.

Calf Rearing Open Day 2023

CAFRE in conjunction with AFBI, hosted a Calf Rearing Open Day at Greenmount Campus. If you missed the event, you can view the presentations here.

Don Morrow, Head of Dairy, Pig, Poultry and Crops Branch, CAFRE, Mike Johnston, CEO of NI Dairy Council and Mervyn Gordon, UFU Dairy Committee Chairman)
Future proofing your dairy business

CAFRE together with industry partners, Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) and Dairy Council Northern Ireland (DCNI), delivered a series of webinars addressing the theme of Future Proofing your Dairy Business. You can watch the recordings here.

Dairy cow going through the Cafre Dairy Herd

CAFRE Dairy Herd

The CAFRE Dairy Herd is used to demonstrate best management practice to dairy farmers and international trade delegations through a series of Knowledge and Technology Transfer projects.

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Dairy-4-Future is an EU Interreg funded project, with CAFRE as one of eleven partners from the Atlantic region of Western Europe.

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DairyLink Farms

Dairylink Farms Ireland is a farm development programme supported by the Irish Farmers Journal, MSD Animal Health, Lakeland Dairies, CAFRE, Teagasc and AFBI.

Farmers observing a cow in a fenced-off area

Farm Innovation Visits

Farm Innovation Visits (FIVs), provide farmers with the opportunity to visit farm businesses in other parts of the UK or Europe to learn about new innovations.

Farmer performing a demonstration to a group of other farmers

Technology Demonstration Farms

Technology Demonstration Farms (TDFs) are part of the new Innovation Technology Evaluation Demonstration Scheme (ITEDS). 

CAFRE has two dairy TDFs themes :

Farmers observing a herd of cows in a fenced-off area

Business Development Groups

Business Development Groups (BDGs) meet regularly with BDG training events held on members’ farms. The scheme uses a group approach to improve the technical efficiency of farm businesses.

A herd of Dairy calfs

CAFRE Contacts

Your local adviser based in selected DAERA Direct Offices, supported by technologists based at Greenmount Campus can help you to take your business forward.