Derryvale Dairy in South Gippsland VIC Australia

Derryvale Dairy in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia has been in Bruce Glasgow’s family for 120 years. Originally owned by his great-grandparents, the farm has been managed by Bruce since 2008. The mixed Holstein and Jersey herd is milked twice a day., congue ac metus.

“In August, because we had so many more calves, we were 1,200 litres up per day over the same time the previous year. Percentage wise, that’s nearly 20%.”

Bruce Glasgow, Owner

Challenges

Beyond improving heat detection accuracy, Bruce wanted to reduce manual checks of fresh cows, and better synchronize peak milk production timing with peak grass growing season. He also wanted to be more selective in culling in order to improve the quality of his herd.

System

The SCR Heatime HR System with HR LD tags, and a touchscreen terminal, was installed at Derryvale Dairy by Semex in June 2015. Every cow in the herd now has an SCR tag.

Benefits

Bruce uses the monitoring system most during the 12- week joining period from October through to January, when he checks the Heat Report daily, and joins cows accordingly.

At a Glance

  • Company:Derryvale Dairy
  • Location:South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Summary

Whilst the Allflex system is always working, Bruce uses it most during the 12- week joining period from October through to January, when he checks the Heat Report daily, and joins cows accordingly.
Looking forward, Bruce is hoping for additional benefits from Heatime. “We try to match our peak milk production with our peak grass production. So if we can get more cows going into peak production at the same time we have the most grass, we can get more milk cheaper.

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The six-week conception rate has vastly improved, from 48.5% in 2014, to

57.8%

in 2015

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