Future Ready Dairy Systems

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Succeeding through the seasons Part 2 – Kydd

There has been a steady decline in rainfall over this period and irrigation allocations have been low leading to many changes in the Kydd’s farming system. The key points from their operation include:

  • While irrigated pastures continue to be the main source of feed the emphasis has swung from 70:30 perennial:annual to 40:60.
  • The Kydds keep a very flexible approach to their pasture-based system and respond to the season/irrigation allocation.
  • They are prepared to feed large quantities of grain when forage is in short supply.
  • They recognised that herd fertility was an issue and moved to cross-breeding to combat the problem.
  • The business is always poised to take advantage of favourable terms of trade.

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