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South West Dairy Development CentreIMG_3902

Book a meeting and/or have a look around the farm!

Phone 01458 851555 or email

A state-of-the-art, 180-cow dairy unit in Somerset, the heart of the Southwest milk field. The SWDDC seeks to offer a fresh vision for the UK dairy industry by providing a truly innovative environment for the development, testing and demonstration of new technologies and techniques to support sustainable, efficient and high health and welfare milk production.

Innovative building design and management systems are combined to create a highly efficient, low cost dairy system, built at a cost that compares very favourably with more conventional, less automated systems. 

The Centre offers a platform for industry to trial and review new ideas for the benefit of dairy farmers throughout the UK. The key areas of focus are to:

  • Demonstrate profitable and resource efficient milk production
  • Integrate robotic milking with precision grazing
  • Use the latest technology available to optimise animal welfare and sustainable milk production
  • Provide state-of-the art facilities for research, development and demonstration


  • Precision grazing
  • Measure to Manage It
  • 5G connected cows

Innovation in dairy farm technology

  • Cow health
  • Cow comfort
  • Sensor technology
  • Fabric roofed building
  • Controlled environment
  • Automated milking system
  • Automated feed system

To download a brochure on the farm, click here.

With thanks to our sponsors:

  • Barber's Farmhouse Cheesemakers
  • ForFarmers
  • Galebreaker
  • GEA
  • Zoetis

Farm Tours and Meeting Room Facilities

WSWDDCithin the South West Dairy Development Centre, there are also meeting facilities available to hire, holding up to 50 people in a conference and board room style. Farm tours can also be arranged.

If you would like to hold a meeting and/or have a look around the farm, please phone 01458 851555 or email

Find us at:
Beard Hill Farm
Shepton Mallet

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