Ag Colleges Visit UCD Lyons Facility
IHFA arranged a dedicated one day visit of the UCD Lyons dairy research unit specifically for the Agricultural colleges.
IHFA invited all the colleges to be involved and over 100 final year Dairying students attended on the day.
The visit took place on May 1st and the programme was divided into two sessions to cater for the large numbers involved.
Dr. Karina Pierce and Dr. Finbar Mulligan welcomed the students and provided a summary overview of the research facility. Next the students walked through the grazing platform assessing pre and post grazing covers. The cold and harsh late Spring of the time was having an impact countrywide and it was no exception at UCD Lyons. Dr. Bridget Lynch outlined grazing performance and targets, fertiliser application plans, nutrient management, silage closing & harvesting dates, reseeding strategy. Round bales of silage had been harvested earlier that morning as a pre-emptive management strategy to combat expected surplus covers.
The students then had a visit of the winter accomodation and milking facilities.
Lunch was provided courtesy of IHFA.
For many of the students this was their first visit and they were appreciative of the opportunity. Indeed many of the college lecturers accompanying the students were also grateful for the opportunity to experience a high yielding, high stocking-rate herd.
Thanks to Dr. Karina Pierce for the assistance with arrangements, to Dr. Finbar Mulligan and Dr. Bridget Lynch and all UCD Lyons dairy staff.