Bristol vet school’s £2 million dairy unit at Wyndhurst Farm will provide world class practical teaching environment for students.
A £2 million state-of-the-art dairy farm at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences has been officially opened by farmer and BBC One Countryfile presenter Adam Henson.
Wyndhurst Farm’s dairy unit has undergone a major rebuild to provide a world-class practical teaching environment for around 600 veterinary students, as well as a facility that can be used to support research and the continual professional development of veterinary surgeons, farmers and others involved in the dairy industry locally, nationally and internationally.
Jo Price, head of the School of Veterinary Sciences, said: “This is an exciting time for the school. The new dairy unit will enable our undergraduate and postgraduate students to be taught in a world-class facility.
“It will provide the best standards of animal welfare for our dairy herd and will support our research on the prevention and treatment of diseases of farm animals.”
The farm, which was officially opened on September 11, is approximately 250 acres and includes numerous features to ensure high welfare standards.
The dairy herd will be housed in deep sand bedded cubicles, with parts of the floors covered in soft rubber to protect the cows’ feet.
When housed, cows will be fed a total mixed ration using grass, maize and whole crop wheat silages grown on the farm.
Since the new facility has been built the farm’s herd of Pedigree Holstein cows have increased from 110 to 180 cows and will soon reach 200, with each cow giving more than 9,000 litres of milk per year.
The farm also has a newly established breeding flock of 100 New Zealand Romney ewes. Since 2010, it has been managed by Velcourt Farm Management.