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.