Reports on water management at CAFRE. CAFRE is committed to the implementation of good environmental practices. By taking a precision water management approach, CAFRE has significantly reduced water inputs.
Information on workshops and events held by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise in relation to Precision Water Management in Horticultural Crops, Water Management in the new CAFRE Dairy Unit and Rainwater Harvesting.
Rainwater harvesting workshop
Farmers were shown the rainwater harvesting system installed in the new Dairy unit at the Dairy Development Centre, Greenmount Campus. The 4,500sq metre roof is used to collect rainfall, which is stored in an underground tank. The system is designed to use available rainwater for the volume wash header tank, and after sterilisation (by passing through UV filter) used for drinking water for the livestock, first before topping up with bore well water.
Contacts and links
Cathal Ellis, Project Manager - Precision water management and rainwater harvesting.
Telephone: 028 9442 6793
Martin Wooster, CAFRE Estates Manager – facilities water management.
Telephone: 028 9442 713
Links to equipment suppliers:
- Delta-T Devices Ltd
- Electronic and Technical Services (E&TS Ltd)
- Heron Electric
- Rain Harvesting Ireland (RHI)