Van Dairy is committed to increasing pregnancy rates among its herd and has introduced a new customised breeding system. The aim is to manage dairy cows and dairy heifers in a more efficient way. Using the previous breeding system, the average pregnancy rate was sitting at around 70 – 75 percent.
Van Dairy has taken steps to revise and improve the breeding procedure by combining Artificial Insemination (AI) and natural mating. This process allows more time and opportunity for cows to get pregnant. As a result of this breeding approach the pregnancy rate among the herd has increased to 90.9 per cent. The highest rate on a Van Dairy farm is 93.2 per cent, achieved at The Glen farm managed by Neil Hart.
Van Dairy owner Xianfeng Lu said the improvements in the breeding procedure had also led to an increase in milk production. “The pregnancy rate has increased by about 20 per cent, which has increased the number of cows being pregnant by 2000 heads,” Mr Lu said. “This new breeding procedure has also brought an increase in income for our farmers of more than 20 per cent.”
Van Dairy is committed to ongoing improvements as we build a sustainable and quality dairy.
Van Dairy is Tasmania’s largest dairy with 15 farms. We have approx. 11500 milking cows and a plan to increase jobs to 250.
As part of Van Dairy’s commitment to high standards it is important to review our processes. We need to make sure that cows are moved along our laneways efficiently and we do not hold cows on laneways for extended periods. If we use laneways to hold cows, then the laneway becomes part of our effluent system that we need to manage.
Tips and tricks to better manage stock flow and keep our laneways free of excessive amounts of effluent:
Most of you would have met or seen Tristan either out on a farm or in our Smithton office.
He is a key part of our team and spends a lot of time working with our farm managers to keep everything running smoothly.
Tristan moved to Tasmania in In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and enjoying find food around the state.February last year.
In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and enjoying find food around the state.
Remember if in doubt give us a shout.
Wolfie (0427 458 261) is here to help.
Winter pasture management tips
Thank you to all farm managers for your continued efforts with effluent management. This area remains a collective responsibility and we need R to be vigilant at all times anda immediately report any issues of concern.
There is also work being done to manage cow numbers and we appreciate the input and cooperation of everyone involved in this process. Going forward we will be looking to increase milk production, so there is much hard work ahead of us and we appreciate the efforts of all our staff during this process.
We believe it is important for all of us to be fully informed and to know where to go and who to talk to for any issues on your farm or in your role.
Our plan is to use this newsletter to share information and talk about the things we are doing in the business and on our farms.
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Van Dairy Limited
PO BOX 418 Smithton
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