Taylor family - Heathmere, WestVic Dairy Region

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Taylor family

Heathmere, WestVic Dairy region

The Taylors from Heathmere (Casey and Bonnie, and Casey’s parents Peter and Wendy) are motivated to have more control over grazing management and production during winter when paddocks are wet and at times out of the grazing rotation. They entered the Focus Farm program in 2014 with an open mind and excited about the scrutiny that comes with being a Focus Farm family.

Specific challenges the Taylors are addressing as Focus Farmers include:

  • Lifting milk production using home grown feed including trialling maize

  • Improving pasture monitoring and management

  • Shifting calving to February so cows are peaking in production prior to the wettest/coldest months

  • Expanding the irrigation system to better utilise current water allocation

  • Farm Details

    Farm Details

    Milking area

    305 hectares

    Dairy

    40 unit rotary

    Herd numbers

    460 cows

    Annual stocking rate (cows/milking ha)

     1.6

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    225,000

    Home grown feed (t/DM/milking ha

    5.8

    Home grown feed in diet

    78%

    Cows/labour unit FTE

    129

  • Farm Performance

    Milk Production

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids)

    225,000

    Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids/cow)

    491

    Litres (total)

    2,923,947

    Feed Production

    Grazed feed per ha t/DM/milking ha

    4.5

    Conserved feed per ha t/DM/milking ha

    1.3 

    Total home grown feed (t/DM/milking ha

    5.8

    Business

    Total farm gross income ($/kg/MS)

    6.26

    Cost of production ($/kg/MS)

    5.07

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

    1.38

    Return on total assets %

    4.80

    Return on equity %

    0.6

  • Current Report Highlights

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

    • The economics and use of maize in the feed system

    • The costs and margins of using grain

    • The milker and heifer management program

    • The use of irrigation in fodder crops

    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.

    9 November 2015

    Production

    Cow Numbers

    458

    Kg Milk solids/cow/day

    1.73

    Litres/cow/day

    22.5

    Fat%

    4.25

    Protein %

    3.45

    Daily Income over Supplementary Feed Costs (IOSFC)

    November Milk Price ($/kgMS)

    $5.01

    Income/cow   

    $8.67

    Supplementary Feed Cost/cow

    $3.06

    IOSFC/cow

    $5.61

    IOSFC/ha

    $8.41

    Comments: 

    Cows are going into 1900 – 2000kgDM/ha and leaving residuals of 1500kgDM/ha giving a growth rate of 16DM/ha/day. Hay feeding started 6 days ago to supplement until the silage is ready in another week. The farm received 20mm rain which has germinated the lucerne and the pasture is responding well also. 1100tonneDM silage has been harvested and 8 ha of hay is waiting to be baled at out paddock. 7.5ha of maize sown near the dairy last night and will be irrigated this week.

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  • Detailed Reports

    November 2015