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The Davies family, Simpson

Brett and Bronwyn Davies moved to South West Victoria from Swan Hill in 2015 seeking to milk 270 cows in a more reliable rainfall region. Learn more about their Focus Farm story below.

Davies Family

The Davies family was a WestVic Focus Farm from Month 2015 - Month 2017.

Farm background

Brett and Bronwyn purchased a farm at Simpson and were determined to realise the farm's full potential while maintaining a good lifestyle. Before becoming a Focus Farm, the Davies' experienced two difficult seasons; the first year had a very dry spring and summer. The second year had a very wet spring together with low milk prices.

Their split calving herd commenced calving in April 2015, with the remaining 25% calving in September 2015.

Farm challenges and goals

Specific challenges and goals for the Davies family included:

  • Increasing home-grown feed and decreasing reliance on bought in feed.
  • Developing pastures and building soil fertility.
  • Addressing inadequate stock water requirements.
  • Reducing fodder wastage in winter and developing wet season strategies.
  • Driving production higher by better understanding feed costs, inputs and herd reproduction.

Farm facts and figures

An overview of the farm's productivity at the beginning of the project:

Farm details
Milking area 125 Ha
Dairy 50 unit rotary with feed pad
Herd numbers 237 cows
Annual stocking rate (cows/milking ha) 1.9
Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids) 146,062 (616 Kg/MS/cow)
Homegrown feed (t/DM/total Area ha) 7.9
Homegrown feed in diet 48%
Cows/labour unit FTE 132
Total Farm Gross Income ($/kg MS) $5.98
Cost of Production ($/kg MS) $4.46
Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ($/kg MS) $1.05

 

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