Economic and sustainably viable long-term whole of farm approach - James and Rachel Downie, Clarendon, Tasmania, Australia
|Source : DairyTas - Dairy Australia|
The Downie's farm on five hundred hectares in southern Tasmania. They have recently invested in a new milking shed to improve the economics of milk production.
- As part of this process a three pond effluent system is being installed to allow filtering of the effluent and spreading back on the paddocks. In effect all of the effluent will remain on farm.
- Fences have been reconfigured to minimise walking distances for the cows during the twice day milking. This will help in both maintaining and improving herd health.
- To make their farm more economically sustainable the Downie's are installing four centre-pivot irrigators to use irrigated water as efficiently as possible.
- Tree lines that will act as shelter belts for the cows and add to the biodiversity of their farm will be planted on the perimeters of the reach of the centre-pivot irrigators.
- Dr. Rachel Brown
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