Lakeland's Dairy Learning Centre is about more than just teaching our students.
Each element of the state-of-the-art learning facility is designed with education in mind. Hundreds of students throughout Lakeland plus people working in the dairy industry will train in the centre.
Students can also learn about robotic and conventional milking systems, calf management, feed and nutrition, cow comfort, dairy specific software, manure management and more.
Alberta Milk has provided their support to this project. Along with providing the use of additional milk quota as we expand our herd, they've also given valuable input on facility design as well as future courses and training opportunities.
Check the drop downs for more information about the project.
|The facility and site|
Site Plan - You may download a PDF version for a better look at the details. Either click on the image, or download from this link Dairy Centre Site plan (PDF)
|5 principles in its design|
Safe student and industry training
Maximize automation and minimize environmental impact
Transition cow management
Cow comfort and animal care
Click on the image to download a pdf with a more detailed view.
Dairy Learning Centre floor plan
Classroom and offices
|Manure Management - Q&A|
Q. How will manure from the Dairy Learning Centre be handled?
A. Manure will be moved to a manure separator in the facility to be separated into liquids and solids. Separating solids from liquids reduces odour and is a more environmentally friendly way of handling manure. The liquid manure will be piped into the lagoon and the solids transported to a compost pad. Liquid manure – which is a valuable source of nutrients – will be injected into the soil twice a year. The solids will be used as compost.
Q. What will be the effect of the new manure storage lagoon on residents?
A. The new lagoon will replace the existing dairy lagoon. As the new dairy will be southwest of the current dairy, it will be farther away from residents of the Town of Vermilion. Only liquid manure will be piped from the dairy into the new lagoon and it will not be agitated, a process that contributes to odour.
Odour is expected to be minimal but if the smell becomes an issue a straw cannon will be used to cover the lagoon and reduce odour.
Q. What is the protection for the environment from the lagoon?
A. The lagoon will be lined with an impermeable synthetic liner to prevent leakage. It fills from the bottom, minimizing disturbance and the associated creation of odours.
Q. Are there any controls over odour during manure spreading?
A. Liquid manure is distributed by injection into the ground to minimize odour. There will likely be some odour when compost from the solid manure is spread on agricultural land which is typically done in the spring and the fall.
|More renderings and floor plans|