Spot­light on dairy­ing data

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

A dairy op­er­a­tion at Mon­tagu has been named as the new DairyTas Fo­cus farm.

The North-West prop­erty is owned and op­er­ated by Dave and Jane Field.

The cou­ple milk 1400 cows in a split calv­ing pat­tern.

They also use a once a day milk­ing sys­tem.

DairyTas re­gional ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer Jacki Hine said farm­ers across the state would be pro­vided with reg­u­lar up­dates about what is hap­pen­ing on the farm.

“The project will pro­vide a great in­sight for farm­ers look­ing to ad­just and im­prove their busi­ness,” she said.

“Over the life of the project reg­u­lar up­dates will also be pro­vided to progress.”

The fo­cus farm is part of Dairy Aus­tralia’s pro­gram which has es­tab­lished a coun­try­wide net­work of fo­cus prop­er­ties aim­ing to sup­port farmer de­ci­sion mak­ing.

The pro­gram has an em­pha­sis on the track­ing of real de­ci­sions on real farms un­der real con­di­tions.

Dur­ing the past two years the Fields have been in a growth phase with their busi­ness.

They are en­ter­ing the project with the aim of max­imis­ing home­grown feed on the prop­erty and im­prov­ing work­life bal­ance.

As part of the project, a sup­port group con­sist­ing of lo­cal farm­ers and led by Basil Doo­nan track data and from Mac­quarie Franklin will meet on a bi-monthly ba­sis to dis­cuss on-farm de­ci­sions and the ben­e­fits for the busi­ness.

There will be up to six open days over the life of the project, giv­ing farm­ers from across the re­gion the op­por­tu­nity to see the progress that is be­ing made and un­der­stand the ra­tio­nale be­hind the de­ci­sions and the out­comes.

“Th­ese days are a great chance for Tas­ma­nian dairy farm­ers to come and see the op­er­a­tion for them­selves,” Ms Hine said.

The first open day will be held on Novem­ber 1 from 11am to 2pm. All farm­ers are wel­come to at­tend.

For more de­tails go to www. face­­cusFarm.

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