The University of Nottingham’s dairy farm is located next to the Sutton Bonington Campus near Kegworth. It is run as a fully commercial mixed arable and dairy farm and is used by the university to study current
agriculture practices and research the directions in which agriculture might be heading.
In 2015 it was decided that the existing farmstead required updating and expanding in order that it would continue to fulfil its commercial, educational and academic aims for the foreseeable future by radically improving the environmental conditions of the herd and develop greater opportunities for dairy research and study.
Haston Reynolds Ltd was commissioned to oversee the planning application process and to design and project manage brand new state-of-the-art dairy facilities, which would allow for an increase in the milking herd from 240 to 360 cows.
The new facility was constructed to exceed current accepted standards in dairy farming in order to demonstrate how innovative design combined with the very best practices, particularly in health and welfare, could improve yields, increase productivity and yet provide a flexible platform for research topics.
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