Technology Demonstration Farms (TDFs) provide a network of local farms which allow other farmers the opportunity to see new technology and innovations which they could adopt on their own farms
Over the past year the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) organised a series of more than 100 mostly online TDF training events at TDFs right across Northern Ireland in the Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Pig sectors with excellent feedback and CAFRE is continuing to take bookings for future visits to all of its TDF farms.
Nine new Dairy TDFs have recently been appointed under the themes Feed Efficiency, Genetic Selection and Fertility Management and Heifer Replacement Rearing bringing the total number of TDFs appointed to date to 31. CAFRE is also hoping to appoint 2 additional Crop and 6 additional Environmental TDFs in the very near future.
New Genetic Selection and Fertility Management Dairy TDF farmer Ashley Fleming from Seaforde, Co Down says: “I am really looking forward to welcoming groups of farmers on to our farm.”
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the European Union are funding the establishment of this network of Technology Demonstration Farms across Northern Ireland as part of the Rural Development Programme under the Innovation Technology Evaluation Demonstration (ITED) Scheme.
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