Davies family - Simpson, WestVic Dairy Region

Davies family


Brett and Bronwyn Davies moved to South West Victoria from Swan Hill in 2015 seeking to milk 270 cows in a more reliable rainfall region. They purchased a farm at Simpson and are determined to have the farm realise its potential whilst maintaining a good lifestyle. Brett and Bronwyn have experienced two difficult seasons – the first year had a very dry spring and summer and the second year a very wet spring together with low milk prices.

Their split calving herd commences calving in April, with the remaining 25% calving in September.

The key challenges for the Davies as Focus Farmers are:

1. Consuming more home-grown feed and decreasing reliance on bought in feed
2. Developing pastures and building soil fertility
3. Addressing inadequate stock water requirements
4. Reducing fodder wastage in winter and developing wet season strategies
5. Driving production higher by better understanding feed costs, inputs and herd reproduction

 Farm details

 Milking area  125 Ha
 Dairy  50 unit rotary with feed pad
 Herd numbers  237 cows
 Annual stocking rate (cows/milking ha)  1.9
 Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids)  146,062 (616 Kg/MS/cow)
 Homegrown feed (t/DM/total Area ha)  7.9
 Homegrown feed in diet  48%
 Cows/labour unit FTE  132
 Total Farm Gross Income ($/kg MS)  $5.98
 Cost of Production ($/kg MS)  $4.46
 Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ($/kg MS)  $1.05

For more information about this Focus Farm go to WestVic Dairy.