Future Ready Dairy Systems

Dairy Australia


Diversify to Dairying – Challenges and Opportunities

Objective of the event

The new dairy farm at “Oakdene” is a committed expansion of dairying in the Midlands.

We heard from farm owners, Bill & Jill Chilvers and share farmers, Grant & Kim Archer, about their dairy conversion experiences. The farm tour looked at issues around managing increased irrigation on shallow duplex soils and plans for long term, productive soil management.

Key Messages

A successful dairy conversion requires prioritising pasture establishment.

The strength of the share farming relationship is critical.

There are currently excellent opportunities for dairy conversions in Tasmania.

Reflections on the Event

We had an excellent turnout to this day – around 100 people came to see one of Tasmania’s most exciting dairy conversions. There is huge interest in what has been done on this farm and what the dairying opportunities could be in the Midlands.

Quotes and Feedback from Attendees

“Excellent information day involving many issues”  “Great discussions/Q&A/first hand info from Bill and Grant”  “Really interesting to hear their partnership model explanation and why they went this way”  “Good information about costings”


29 Nov,2011

Event Type:

Field Day


“Oakdene” Northern Midlands


Rachel Brown