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The Kenna family, Terang

Ben and Anna Kenna purchased their farm from Anna's parents in 2016 after share-farming the property for 13 years. Learn more about their Focus Farm story below.

Kenna Family

The Kenna family was a WestVic Focus Farm from Month 2016 - Month 2018.

Farm background

Ben and Anna's farm near Terang in south west Victoria has well established infrastructure and pastures to conduct their autumn calving herd.

The farm had high financial commitments and considerable pressure to service debt. Herd fertility had been an issue for the farm. Together with Cow Manager Software and DNA testing of calves, the Kenna's wanted to improve the fertility and reproductive performance of the farm.

Farm challenges and goals

Specific challenges and goals for the Kenna Family included:

  • Improve herd fertility and reproduction performance using technology and DNA testing of calves.
  • Improve business cost efficiency.
  • Developing standard operating procedures and stabilising the on-farm workforce.
  • Improving pasture quality and utilisation.

Farm facts and figures

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

Farm details
Milking area 288 ha
Dairy 60 unit rotary with feed pad
Cows milked 534 cows
Annual stocking rate (cows/milking ha) 2.1
Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids) 313,573 kg MS (587 kg MS/Cow)
Homegrown feed (t/DM/total Area ha) 8.8
Homegrown feed in diet % 52%
Cows/labour unit FTE 153
Total Farm Gross Income ($/kg MS) $6.61
Cost of Production ($/kg MS) $3.67
Earnings before interest and Tax (EBIT) ($/kg MS) $2.63

 

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