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Ashley Dene Research and Development Station

A new 190ha Research and Development Station has been created on Ashley Dene farm in 2016.

Ashley Dene Research and Development Station

A new 190ha Research and Development Station has been created on Ashley Dene farm in 2016.

The goal of the Research Station is to conduct farm systems research to improve the profitability, environmental and welfare performance of dairy and livestock farming systems.
 
The Research and Development Station will be a world-leading farms systems research facility comprising a suite of dairy farming systems, with close integration of the arable and livestock sector, that quantifies and demonstrates the effect of new dairy and livestock farming systems on profitability, environmental and welfare performance.
 
The Research and Development Station is a 190ha platform, with approximately 175ha effective area which can be milked off. A split calving model will be implemented, with 450 cows calved down in the spring and 75-80 cows calved down in the Autumn. Calving will begin in July and August of 2016, and the first Autumn calving will be in 2017.
 
Infrastructure on farm includes a 54 bail rotary Waikato Milking Systems plant and machinery with Afimilk Technology being used for our automation, and a feed pad and stand-off pad. 
 
Specific objectives:
  • To improve the performance and viability of existing dairy farms within New Zealand, and to develop and test new dairy farming systems in Canterbury, within new and challenging nitrogen discharge limits on shallow stony free draining ‘leaky’ soils.
  • To develop systems based on new approaches to animals, forages, soils, and the management of low cost infra-structure, that reduce the environmental impact of dairy farm systems. 
  • To develop robust, low-cost wintering systems for dairy cows that meet profitability, welfare and environmental targets. 
  • To gain an improved understanding of the use cow genetic information across farm systems varying in the level of feeding intensity, and how this affects milk production and composition.
  • To develop and demonstrate approaches to applying the practice of Kaitiakitanga appropriate to Māori and indigenous production contexts.
  • To provide high quality education facilities that enhance the quality and quantity of agricultural graduates and trained rural professionals. 
  • To provide shared resources for Lincoln HUB partners to conduct research into improving environmental outcomes, notably greenhouse gases, soil carbon and water quality.
Lincoln University values the industry support which has helped to create the Ashley Dene Research and Development Station. In particular, we are grateful to:
  • Opus International Consultants for engineering expertise and project management support.
  • Waikato Milking Systems for their support in the supply and installation of the advanced milking systems in the dairy shed
  • CLAAS Harvest Centre which will supply farm equipment and advice on equipment needs
  • PGG Wrightson Seeds who will offer expert advice and supply seed
  • Genetic Technologies (Pioneer® brand products) for expert advice and supply of seed.
 



                       



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