Self-guided tour of the Irene Farm

Free of charge

A fun interactive lesson about the history as well as the cows on the farm. Use the visitor map to guide you, click here for the Irene Farm map…

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Watch the cows getting milked at our viewing gallery and learn how it was done back in the day. Herewith some fun cow facts to guide you.

Baby calf pens

  • 4 Days after birth, around the time that the cow stops producing colostrum, the calves are put into pens.
  • This is the safest place for them to be as they are well looked after and separated so they don’t get ill.
  • They receive 5l of milk per day – 2.5l in the morning and 2.5l in the afternoon – which is all they need until their stomachs have matured which is when they reach around 100kgs in weight.
  • Once they reach 100kgs they are then moved to the fields behind the pens with their group (calves born around the same time) until they are 2 years old.

Maternity ward

  • Cows are pregnant for 275 days.
  • With about 2 months of their pregnancy to go, they are moved to the maternity ward where they are closely observed.
  • They give birth in the maternity ward and spend the first 4 days with their calf before the calf is moved to the pen.
  • During this time the calf drinks much needed colostrum from the mom.

Milking Process

  • Twice a day the cows are herded to this building where they are fed before going off to be milked.
  • Here they are also checked for illness and inseminated.
  • They are also washed before going in to the milking process.
  • Once inside, they are all milked and then herded off to the fields where they are able to feed again.
  • The milk is cooled down asap and bottled.

Young cows

  • Once the calves reach around 2 years old they are moved to this back field where they continue to graze and grow until they are mature enough for insemination.
  • A cow will only start producing milk once it has calved.

 

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