20th January – 24th January 2019

Progeny and Farm Tours

A number of progeny and farm tours are held during IDW.

Virtual Farm Tour – Tuesday 23rd of January – Tatura Park

At the IDW 2018 Virtual Farm Tours, sponsored by DeLaval, you will hear from two fantastic guest speakers – James Mann from Donovans Dairy in Wye, South Australia and Chap Shwiers from Grangelands Farm in Tirau, New Zealand.

Come along to hear more about these farming operations at our Virtual Farm Tour on Tuesday 23 January from 7.30 pm in the Blackmore & Leslie Pavilion at Tatura Park

Donovan’s Dairy – Wye, South Australia

In less than two decades, one of Australia’s largest family-owned dairy farms, Donovan’s Dairy at Wye in South Australia’s lower South East, has grown from 400 to 2300 Friesian milkers. And James and Robyn Mann will grow that number by another 400, thanks to a recent purchase of a neighbouring property that has taken their holding to 1700ha. Donovan’s currently produces 19-21 million ­litres of milk from 680ha of irrigation under 14 pivots and dryland pasture in a 700mm rainfall zone.

Grangelands Farm – Tirau, New Zealand

Grangelands Farm based just outside of Tirau New Zealand, was the pilot farm for the DeLaval Rotary E100.  Here a 500-cow herd put it through its paces over the 2016/2017 season.

Chap Zwiers is a sharemilker at Grangelands and was heavily involved in the decisions behind this installation. The farm ethos of cow comfort was at the forefront of this decision along with the dairy shed being one man operated.

The DeLaval Rotary E100 was unveiled to the Australian farmer at Elmore 2017.

Chap will talk about his farm, its operation and the success of the installation and what it has meant for his family.

Semex Daughter Inspection Tour – Wednesday 24th of January 2018

The Semex IDW Farm Tour will be taking place on Wednesday January 24th, 2018. The farm tour will take place at Bedrock Holsteins, Peter, Jenny and Joel Lawlor’s viewing Semex Solutions: Immunity+ ®, Semex ai24™, SemexWorks™, and Optimate™.  Buses will leave from the western entrance of the Tatura Showgrounds at 8:00am sharp! Bookings are essential so please contact the Semex office to book your seat or contact your Semex Area Manager.

Tours to Dookie Dairy – Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th January 2018

Visit the Automatic Milking System at the University of Melbourne Dairy at Dookie.

The bus will depart from the front of the Ballantyne Complex on Wednesday & Thursday mornings at 9.00 am sharp and will return to IDW by approximately 12.30 pm.

To guarantee a seat (21 seater bus) please put your name down at the IDW Office

 It is three years since the Automatic Milking System (AMS) was installed at The University of Melbourne dairy at the Dookie campus in northern Victoria.  The production system is now well established and there is a growing research program utilising the farm.

The Dookie dairy has 3 Lely Astronaut automatic milking machines that currently milk a herd of 157 dairy cows up to three times per day.  The dairy is a pasture-based production system.  The milking herd has access to 55 hectares of irrigated pasture and a further 11 hectares of dryland pasture and crops that are grazed.  Substantial effort over the last 12 months has been devoted to improving pastures at the dairy to produce more ‘home grown’ feed.  Increasing pasture production will allow the farm to increase herd size, with plans to expand the milking herd to 180 cows so that the robots are fully utilised.

The tour is proudly sponsored by GreenCon and Lely.

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