Peter and Jo Jones - Limberlost Dairy Kayena, DairyTas Region

Peter and Jo Jones

Limberlost Dairy Kayena, DairyTas region

Limberlost is owned by equity partners and managed by Peter and Jo Jones.  Peter and Jo are responsible for all the day to day management of the farm with larger business decisions made by all involved in the business.

As part of being involved in the focus farm project the Limberlost team would like to:

  • Utilise the resource base of the farm -  pastures, water, land, labour and stock in order to achieve  “industry-best” profitability

  • To use a farming business model that is sustainable, providing a good income to all parties involved, environmentally and socially responsible.

  • Provide a workplace where staff feel valued, challenged, rewarded and provide opportunities for career development.

  • Achieve a lifestyle that allows for a balance between work and family.

  • Farm Details

    Physical Details

    2013/14*

    2014/15**

    Milking Platform

    253 ha

    246

    Area Irrigated

    196 ha

    196 ha

    Peak Cow numbers

    780

    770

    Stocking rate (cows/ha)

    2.9

    3.13

    Calving Start Date

    5 February

    5 February

    Annual Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    323,000

    363,000

    Feed Details

    Annual Pasture Utilisation (t DM/ha)

    9.4

    9.0

    Grazed Pasture per cow (t DM/cow)

    2.7

    2.7

    Concentrates per cow (t DM/cow)

    1.2

    1.3

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

    1.3

    1.5

    Total feed per cow

    5.2

    5.5

    Business Details

    Annual Cost of Production ($/kg MS)

    $5.02

    $4.91

    Return on Assets for 2013/14 season

    13.2%

    13.5%

    Cows milked per full-time equivalent

    247

    266

    *Information taken from 2013/14 Dairy Business of the Year data

    **Information taken from 2014/15 Dairy Farm Monitor Project data


  • Farm Performance

    Feed Details*

    Annual Pasture Utilisation (t DM/ha)

    9.4

    Grazed Pasture per cow (t DM/cow)

    2.7

    Concentrates per cow (t DM/cow)

    1.2

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

    1.3

    Total feed per cow

    5.2

    Business Details*

    Annual Cost of Production ($/kg/MS)

    5.02

    Return on Assets for 2013/14 season

    13.2%

    Cows milked per full-time equivalent

    247
  • Current Report Highlights

    8 October 2015

    Number of Milkers

    745 cows

    Milk Production

    1.68 kg MS/cow

    Average Pasture Cover

    2160 kg DM/cow

    Milkers Diet (per day)

    12 kg DM Pasture

    4 kg DM Pellet

    1 kg DM Brewers Grain

    Growth Rate (average inc dryland and irrigated)

    54 kg DM/day

    Knowing their situation by monitoring soil moisture, doing regular pasture walks, pregnancy testing and herd testing cows gives Peter and Jo information to make smart and informed decisions.

    With the warmer drier spring that we are experiencing Peter has been able to make the decision to cull not-in-calf cows, reducing the herd to 700 cows.  With the cull cow price being high this is an easier decision than normal.  These empty cows will return more by being sold than they will if they stayed on the farm and were milked through.

    Monitoring soil moisture using moisture meters has meant irrigation has started.  After the drier winter and spring Limberlost is about 80 ML below with the amount of water that they need to complete their normal irrigation season.  Therefore only part of the farm is being watered to ensure the watering is done well.

    Silage will be important this season.  Because of regular pasture walks Peter has locked up 20ha on the home farm that is pure surplus only.  The rest of the silage requirements will be brought in with the final quantity of this to be known by the end of the month.

    Should you want more information on the focus farm go to the DairyTas website: www.dairytas.com.au and click on the Focus Farm Project link.  The farm can also be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TasFocusFarm or Twitter, search for #tasfocusfarm.

  • Detailed Reports

    Seasonal Focus Update

    July 2016

    May 2016

    April 2016

    March 2016

    January 2016

    December 2015

    November 2015

    Fact sheet