Greenmount Campus is the centre of all things green – that’s agricultural, horticultural and environmental. The 200 hectares around the campus is used for arable, dairying and lowland beef farming. We’ve recently built a state-of-the art dairy unit for 180 cows with a 32 point parlour. This unit will incorporate the newest technologies in comfort
housing and cow handling, waste management and parlour systems.
Another 1,100 hectares of hill land, with 1,100 ewes and 100 suckler cows, is managed in an environmentally sustainable manner to promote wildlife and protect habitats. Both farms are used by CAFRE technologists and advisers to demonstrate and promote the latest advances in agriculture and land use. Students get involved in these projects too.
We also have a constructed wetlands system, an artificial wetland which acts in a similar manner to the bio-filtration action of natural wetlands. There we channel waste water from the farm through a series of five ponds and at the end it is of good enough quality to release into a stream. Students use this site in their environmental science work.