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The Scott family, Barongarook West

Simon and Linda Scott, and Simon's parents, Joan and Lionel run a farm together in Barongarook West. Learn more about their Focus Farm story below.

Scott Family

The Scott family was a WestVic Focus Farm from Month 2014 - Month 2016

Farm challenges and goals

At the start of their Focus Farm project, specific challenges and goals for the Scott family included:

  • 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 facts and figures

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

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
Total home grown feed (t/DM/milking ha) 7.2
Home grown feed in diet 62%
Cows/labour unit FTE 123
Milk Production
Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids) 173,103
Milk Production (Kg Milk Solids/cow) 515
Litres (total)2 2,291,652
Feed Production
Grazed feed per ha t/DM/milking ha 5.3
Conserved feed ha t/DM/milking ha 1.8
Total home grown feed (t/DM/milking ha) 7.2
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

Closing report - November 2015

  • Harvest completed 1,506 silage rolls made compared to 1,130 in 2014.
  • Production up by 13% YTD on last year (or 9,869 kg/MS).
  • Financial forecast for 2015/16 indicates feed costs will reduce from $3.50/kgMS in 2014/15 to $2.93/kgMS
  • Financial forecast for 2015/16 indicates EBITs will reduce from $1.49/kgMS to $1.37/kgMS despite a reduction in milk price of $0.68/kgMS.

Download the complete Focus Farm report for November 2015 here.



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