David and Jenni Owen - Finley, Murray Dairy Region

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David and Jenni Owen

Finley (Riverina), Murray Dairy region

David and Jenni Owen are the Riverina Focus Farmers.  They with their daughter Kristeen and her husband Leigh Culton are farming together in Blighty milking up to 700 cows on 480 hectares that includes an 80 hectare outblock.  The cows produce around 560 kg milk solids with 2.8 tonnes of concentrate per cow and 5 tonnes of home grown feed per hectare over the whole area.  One of the goals is to lift this figure up to 7 tonnes.

When Kristeen and Leigh came home the next door farm was purchased and initially they ran two herds through two dairies.  Both herds have been joined together and are all being milked through the newer dairy, but there are plans to build one new dairy, feed pad, feed shed and calf-rearing facilities.

  • Farm Details

    Farm Details

    Milking area

    415

    Dairy

    -

    Herd numbers

    650 cows

    Annual stocking rate (cows/milking ha)

    1.8 cows/total ha

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    329,810

    Homegrown feed (t/DM/milking ha

    5

    Homegrown feed in diet

    40%

    Cows/labour unit FTE

    -

  • Farm Performance

    Milk Production

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    329,810

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids/cow)

    568

    Litres (total)

    4,404,123

    Feed Production

    Home grown feed per ha tDM/whole ha

    5

    Water Use (ML)

    1174

    Home grown feed tDM/ML - irrigation only

    1.1

    Business

    Total farm gross income ($/kg/MS)

    2,712,982

    Milk price $/kg/MS

    6.78

    Earnings before interest & tax (EBIT) $kg/MS

    532,117

    Return on total assets %

    11.6

    Return on equity %

    -
  • Current Report Highlights

    Comments: 

    For more information on Murray Dairy Focus Farms, go to the Murray Dairy website: www.murraydairy.com.au and click on the Focus Farm Project link. 

  • Detailed Reports

    June 2016

    May 2016

    April 2016

    March 2016

    February 2016

    November 2015