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Autumn Dairy Visit – Blakiston Houston, Holywood

Event Details

  • Date: 12 Nov 2019
  • Venue: 97 Ballymiscaw Road, Holywood, Co Down, BT18 9RW

The Ulster Grassland Society’s autumn meeting is a visit to the Blakiston Houston Estate dairy farm at Reynolds farm, 97 Ballymiscaw Road, Holywood, Co Down, BT18 9RW on Tuesday 12th November at 11:00am. A cup of tea/coffee will be available on arrival, with the farm walk commencing at 11:30pm. A BBQ meal will be available around 1:30pm on the farm.

The Estate extends to around 800 acres consisting of a herd of 300 autumn/spring calving dairy herd, cereals, an anaerobic digestor and woodland. The anaerobic digestor is at Carrowreagh and not at Reynolds farm. There are three wind turbines on Reynolds farm which along with solar panels provide most of the electricity for the farm.

The farm is managed by Ivor Lowry who will show us around the 300-cow dairy herd producing 2.7m litres milk & achieving over 3300 litres of milk from forage. The visit will focus on herd management and heifer rearing. Slurry separation is carried out and this should be of great interest to many farmers. To ease management of the unit there you will have the opportunity to see the use of automation and energy generation.

Directions. From the west via M1 continue to end and follow M3 towards Bangor. On the dual carriage way pass by the Belfast City Airport and then get into right hand lane to take the next slip road on the right. Continue to follow sign for A55. About 1 mile come to a roundabout (at Campbell College School) and take the 1st exit onto Belmont Road. Continue on Belmont Road through a set of traffic lights and a couple of hundred yard at the corner take the road on the left (straight on). Continue for about 2 miles and the farm is on the right. It will be signposted.

From the M2 continue to follow the signs for Bangor and past the City Airport follow the direction above.

Animal Health and Biosecurity

To prevent the spread of disease between farms it is essential that you have clean wellington boots and change of clothes from those, which you use on your farm.

Booking is necesary to attend the farm walk. Please return the Booking Form to me by Saturday 9th November at the latest.     

 The farm is fairly high and warm clothing is advisable. There is a lot of interest to see on this farm.

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