Self sufficiency is the key goal for the Harveys
In 2002, the Harvey’s dairy operation had grown to 380 cows following the construction of a 60-unit rotary and a succession of reasonable seasons. Ongoing drought conditions forced them to re-evaluate their dairy business goals by:
- modifying herd numbers according to seasonal conditions
- ceasing to supply contract milk to reduce risk and increase flexibility;
- changing pastures over to a deeper rooted mix that didn’t require regular irrigation; and
- designing their milk production system around the fodder and grain that their farm could produce rather than a focus on bought in feed.
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