This study tour will take a group of dairy farmers to the Netherlands to learn about innovative ways to reduce ammonia emissions. Tour participants will see how Dutch dairy farmers are using the latest technologies in nutrition, housing and flooring systems, slurry storage and slurry application systems to reduce ammonia emissions from their intensive dairy farms.
The tour will be led by CAFRE advisers, George Mathers and Alan Agnew. As well as visiting progressive farms the study tour will include a visit to the Leeuwaren Dairy Campus Research Centre, a dairy nutrition talk and a visit to a leading manufacturer of slurry application equipment.
The trip itinerary is available HERE.
The group will leave from Belfast International Airport on the morning of Tuesday 11 June and return on the evening of the Thursday 13 June 2019
Who can apply?
Applications are invited from one member or employee of dairy farm business who is at least 18 years old on the application closing date and not in full-time education. To increase the benefits arising from the study tour, all applicants must identify a group of farmers to share their findings with upon their return.
Applications will open on Wednesday 1st May and will close on Wednesday 15th May at 4pm. There are 16 places available and these will be awarded on a competitive basis. This, along with all the details of the scheme is explained in the Terms and Conditions.
To go on the study tour you must attend the pre-visit training at CAFRE, Greenmount Campus on Tuesday 21 May from noon to 2.30 pm.
Applications for this study tour are now closed.