Marcus and Zed Crowden, Robotic Milking Dairy Farm, Western Creek, DairyTas Region

Marcus and Zed Crowden 

Robotic Milking Dairy Farm, Western Creek, DairyTas Region

Marcus and Zed Crowden own and manage a robotic milking dairy farm at Western Creek in the Central North of Tasmania.

The business is a high input, high output and high profit driven by high levels of productivity and labour efficiency. The farm was converted 3 years ago to robotics and is run by the Crowden family in addition to another conventional milking farm of 300 cows.

As part of being involved in the focus farm project the Marcus and Zed would like to:

  • Demonstrate that Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) can be run profitable in a pasture based feeding system

  • Answer some of the myths of AMS

  • Share with the dairy industry our family business goals and ambition for growth

  • Have the opportunity to work with a consultant in order to continue growing our business 

  • Farm Details

    Physical Details

    Milking Platform (ha)

    60

    Number of Robots

    3

    Area Irrigated (ha)

    26

    Peak Cow numbers

    225

    Stocking rate (cows/ha)

    3.75

    Calving Start Date

    7st Aug

    Annual Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    99,251

    Feed Details

       Annual Pasture Utilization (t DM/ha)

    13.5

    Grazed Pasture per cow (t DM/cow)

    3.1

    Concentrates per cow (t DM/cow)

    1.6

    Hay, silage and other feed per cow (t DM/cow)  season

    1.0

    Total feed per cow, 14-15 season

    5.7

    Business Details

    Annual Cost of Production ($/kg MS)*

    5.0

    Return on Assets

    7%

    Cows milked per full-time equivalent

    235

    *Includes non-cash costs such as depreciation and imputed people. Farm Working Expenses is budgeted at $4/kgMS.

  • Farm Performance

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  • Current Report Highlights

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  • Detailed Reports

    March 2016

    February 2016

    January 2016