Self-guided tour of the Irene Farm
Spend the afternoon exploring and having a fun interactive lesson about the history as well as the cows on Irene Farm. Use the visitor map guide to guide your around and all of it’s interesting facts.
A working dairy farm in the city is not something one would expect to find nowadays. This great outdoor activity is a great add on to any party.
Click on the Map to guide you while learning from the below…
- Cows are pregnant for 275 days.
- When they reach the last 2 months of their pregnancy, 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 there before the calf is moved to the baby calf pens.
- During this time the calf drinks much needed colostrum from its mom.
Baby calf pens
- 4 Days after birth, around the time that the cow stops producing colostrum, the calves are put into the baby calf designated 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 at 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.
- Once the calves reach around 2 years old they are moved to a 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.
- The cows are herded into the building next to the viewing gallery twice a day where they are fed before heading off to be milked.
- Here they are 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.