David milks 360 cross-bred cows on the 170-hectare farm he owns with his partner Jess and their twin boys Roger and Harley. The family has transitioned to once-a-day milking and their breeding programme is critical to achieving the farm’s production goals.
“Transitioning to once-a-day milking has been a game-changer for us. It not only grants us more personal time but also eases the load on our cows,” says David.
“We achieved an average production of 125,000kgMS milking twice a day and this season we are on track to do 120,000kgMS. The key has been focusing on optimising our herd configuration. From here on our target will be around 120,000kgMS per season or around 333kg/MS per cow as we reduce the herd to 330 cows.”
Using CRV’s sexed semen he is aiming to strategically shape his herd, to find a perfect balance between full Jersey and full Friesian breeds and cows that produce and stay in his herd longer.
He used sexed semen across his entire herd for the first two and a half weeks of artificial insemination last season. He tails off his mating with Hereford bulls to breed a high value dairy beef animal that he grows through to 100kgs before selling.