Calf Rearing Visit to The Netherlands – Applications Now Closed

Good calf rearing to improve cow performance

This study tour will look at management in the calf house to improve lifetime animal production, health and performance. A particular focus of the trip will be on how accelerated growth rates in the first 60 days of the calf’s life can influence its milk yield in future lactations.

Where to?

This study tour will go to The Netherlands to see a number of dairy farms who are practicing the latest innovations in calf rearing. The details of the itinerary are currently being finalised.


The group will fly to The Netherlands the 17th  March 2019 and return on the 19th March 2019.

Who can apply?

This study tour is being targeted at dairy farmers from across Northern Ireland who rear their own calves as replacements for their herd. Applications close on Wednesday 13 February at 4pm.

How many places are available?

There are 15 places available and they will be awarded on a competitive bases. If there is oversubscription CAFRE may re-run the study tour later in the year. This, along with all the details of the scheme will be explained in the Terms and Conditions which will be available when applications open.

What is paid for?

Farm Innovation Visits are part of the NI Rural Development Programme and part funded by the EU. This scheme will cover costs associated with accommodation, travel including coach and air travel, breakfast, lunch and evening meals when in The Netherlands.

What is not paid for?

It does not cover any additional costs, such as a relief worker when participants are away from their business. In addition they will be expected to purchase their own travel insurance and food when in transit.

What is expected from those who get a place?

Everyone who accepts a place will be expected to attend pre-trip training, at CAFRE Greenmount Campus, on 25th February from 12noon to 2pm.  After the study tour they will be expected to share what they have learnt with at least one group.

How can I find out more?

Click HERE to register an expression of interest and we will send you any relevant updates or keep an eye out for updates on this website and social media outlet @DiscoverCAFRE.