Spotlight on dairying data
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. facebook.com/TasFocusFarm.