Nantglas Farm Facts
Nantglas Demonstration Farm is a 55-hectare (ha) holding operating as a dairy farm and run by Iwan Francis. He rents a further 75ha of off-lying land.
The grazing platform is 58ha and three 40ha crops of silage are cut annually; 300 big bales of silage are also made.
The herd is split block calving - 100 cows calve in the spring and 100 in the autumn.
There are 120 heifer followers.
Cows produce an annual milk yield average of 6,500 litres at 4.5% butterfat and 3.5% protein.
Milk is supplied to the Dairy Partners creamery at Newcastle Emlyn.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
- To grow in excess of 12 tonnes/dry matter/ha (t/DM)
- To maintain a low cow empty rate, currently under 10%; reducing the calving period must not be to the detriment of empty rates