This gives total control over soil health and environmental pressures due to adverse weather events that are common in Southland and New Zealand.
The main feed resource for the barns is grass silage that is brought in from a supporting block.
Much time and effort is put into making sure that this silage is of the highest possible quality aided by control over harvest time through owning the gear to harvest this and also cuts down the leaching from the silage stacks.
Running a system 5- supplements feed all year – grass silage, sugar beet, straw, palm kernel, wheat grain, GGD and molasses as and when required.
Over the last few years we have developed and implemented a number of strategic initiatives to try and future proof the environmental sustainability and profitability of the business. Knowing that the two along with many factors are key to a successful dairy industry in New Zealand for the future.
This is made operationally possible by using mixing wagons that take various feeds and blends them together thoroughly so each cow is getting a well-balanced diet.
95% of adult stock will be wintered in the barns.
When the soil and weather conditions allow, the cows are grazed outside where ever possible.
When in the barns, cows are given balanced diets that are formulated in relation to the nutrient levels in the pasture.
Cows are much like the soil in the fact that if all nutrient levels are running at optimum then more of the feed is utilized and therefor less is wasted in various ways. An example being high levels of protein would result in excess N (nitrogen) produced through urine.