Lyons Research Farm

UCD Lyons Research Farm is the teaching and research facility operated by University College Dublin outside Newcastle, Co Kildare, about 30 kilometres west of the main UCD Campus at Belfield. UCD Lyons Research Farm, which is part of the original Lyons Estate, was purchased by UCD in 1963. The house itself was formerly the seat of Lord Cloncurry and is a period house of national importance. The farm consists of approximately 220 hectares.

UCD Lyons Research Farm operates under the auspices of the UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences and is an important resource for the School’s of Agriculture and Food Science and Veterinary Medicine.

The farm operates mixed enterprises, supporting teaching and research in the areas of beef, crops, dairy, equine, sheep and pigs. The facilities are used by undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff as well as for Continuous Professional Development with graduates and agri-food professionals.

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The UCD Lyons Dairy Education and Research Facility is an exciting €2.3m partnership between academic and industry at UCD Lyons Estate. Consisting of 7 leading agri-food organisations, this world class industry led research centre will investigate innovative models of milk production and make an important contribution developing and educating leaders for the Irish Dairy sector.

The UCD Lyons Dairy Research and Education Facility will support the development of dairy products and services and provide a showcase for the very best of Irish dairy technology.

Industry stakeholders connected with this significant project include: Dairymaster, Devenish Nutrition, FBD, Glanbia, Irish Holstein Friesian Association, Munster Cattle Breeding Group and Progressive Genetics.

As a result of the UCD Lyons Dairy Research and Education Facility, the dairy enterprise will have an increased capacity for 200 cows and will support new and existing research programmes in dairy production including genetics, nutrition and herd health management. The herd will be comprised of spring calving and autumn calving groups and the emphasis initially will be on the role of supplementation in a grass based system to maximize production and improve milk quality and efficiencies throughout the season. The farm will also investigate novel grass based production systems suited to an Irish environment.

The research outputs from the new facility will be made available through academic publications and through interaction with key stakeholders in the Irish dairy sector. The investment at Lyons Estate will also provide excellent new facilities for teaching students in Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, and with conducting research at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and UCD School of Veterinary Medicine.

The industry group involved with this project have recently received a significant Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Project valued at €1m, demonstrating already the potential of this exciting partnership.

Contact Lyons Research Farm:
Marian Long Tel: +353 1 601 2140, Email: marian.long@ucd.ie

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