Scott family- Barongarook West, WestVic Dairy Region

Scott Family

Scott family

Barongarook West, WestVic Dairy region

The Scotts from Timboon (Simon and Linda, and Simon’s parents Joan and Lionel) entered the Focus Farm program in 2014 keen to reduce their cost of production and maximise the profitability of their business.

Specific challenges the Scotts are tackling as Focus Farmers include:

  • Improving pasture access for the herd by installing drainage and underpass infrastructure

  • Implementing a calving pattern which best aligns with milk flow and farm conditions

  • Better understanding business labour needs and reducing farm business costs

  • Increasing home grown feed consumption

  • Farm Details

    Farm Details

    Milking area

    180

    Dairy

    46 unit rotary

    Herd numbers

    336 cows

    Annual stocking rate (cows/milking ha)

     1.87

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    173,103

    Home grown feed (t/DM/milking ha

    7.2

    Home grown feed in diet

    62%

    Cows/labour unit FTE

    123

  • Farm Performance

    Milk Production

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    173,103

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids/cow)

    515

    Litres (total)

    2,291,652

    Feed Production

    Grazed feed per ha t/DM/milking ha

    5.3

    Conserved feed per ha t/DM/milking ha

    1.8

    Total home grown feed (t/DM/milking ha

    7.2

    Business

    Total farm gross income ($/kg/MS)

    7.46

    Cost of production ($/kg/MS)

    5.97

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

    1.49

    Return on total assets %

    5.30

    Return on equity %

    6.10

  • Current Report Highlights

    At the Barongarook West November 2015 Focus Farm field day attendees were provided with a farm business performance update after 12 months of operation as a Focus Farm. As well as the business update participants were able to view and discuss specific farm business activities including:

    • Summer feeding strategies, fodder crops and weed control

    • Increasing pasture consumption and what that’s worth

    • Changing calving patterns and the effect on pasture consumption

    • Dairy Farm Monitor 2014/15 results

    The Focus Farmers and the Support Group members provided information about Focus Farm operation and the role of the Support Group in business decision making.

    18 November 2015

    Production

    Cow Numbers

    385

    Kg Milk solids/cow/day

    1.77

    Litres/cow/day

    25.4

    Fat%

    3.63

    Protein %

    3.35

    Daily Income over Supplementary Feed Costs (IOSFC)

    November Milk Price ($/kgMS)

    $4.59

    Income/cow   

    $8.12

    Supplementary Feed Cost/cow

    $2.33

    IOSFC/cow

    $5.79

    IOSFC/ha

    $8.97

    Comments: 

    Harvest completed 1506 silage rolls made compared to 1130 last year. Feed budget indicates the need for purchased hay unlikely. Production is up by 13%YTD on last year or 9,869kgMS. The five week spring joining started 10 November. Silage feeding likely to start in 7-10 days. Financial forecast for 2015/16 indicates feed costs will reduce from $3.50/kgMS in 2014/15 to $2.93/kgMS and EBIT from $1.49/kgMS to $1.37/kgMS despite a reduction in milk price of $0.68/kgMS.   

    For more information on WestVic Dairy Focus Farms, go to the WestVic Dairy website: www.westvicdairy.com.au and click on the Focus Farm Project link.  WestVic Dairy’s Focus Farms can also be followed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WestVicDairy or sign up at http://eepurl.com/bpoWqP to receive WestVic Dairy’s monthly E-Newsletter.

  • Detailed Reports

    November 2015