Future Ready Dairy Systems

Dairy Australia

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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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