Litchfield Dairy ‘Kariana’, Mayrung, NSW Australia

The Litchfield family’s investment in technology from Allflex Livestock Intelligence is paying dividends within their southern NSW-based dairy farming operation.
Ian and Karen Litchfield purchased the 182-hectare Kariana in 2000, and over the years they’ve purchased three other blocks. Together with their daughter Amy and son-in-law Jack, the Litchfield’s milk 800 Holstein cows each year, with their flat milk supply sold into the year-round milk markets.

“We researched other companies, but the ease of operating the Allflex program is what sold us on going with them. With large herds you can’t see or know every cow but with Heatime Pro+ we can quickly and easily have information on hand about every cow to allow individual monitoring and decision making.”

 Karen Litchfield, Co-Owner

Challenges

As herd numbers have grown the Litchfields are using fixed time AI programs every six weeks, and although they’re getting good conception rates they were missing returns as the needling process was disruptive to the milking process for the cows and staff.

System

Allflex SenseHub® with cSense Flex neck tags.

Benefits

By using Heatime Pro+, the Litchfield’s have been able to reduce their days to milk by 30 days. They’re also now more confident in using sexed semen through which they’ve been achieving good results.

At a Glance

  • Company: Litchfield Dairy, ‘Kariana’
  • Location: Mayrung, New South Wales, Australia
  • Herd Size: 950 cows with 800 being Holstein milking cows

Summary

Along with milk meters and conductivity alarms in their milking system, the Allflex monitoring collars takes any guesswork out of identifying sick cows and allows for quick and more effective veterinary treatments. The software is also great for singling out cows with fertility issues, allowing the Litchfield’s to cull strategically to improve their herd efficiency.
The family are also using the Allflex Tissue Sampling Unit (TSU), which is helping them quickly and easily identify A2 cows in their herd. “We’re also looking forward to utilising the Allflex Livestock Intelligence system upgrades on the horizon, particularly the bull fertility program,” said Karen.

Want to speak with someone at the farm?

We’d like to keep in touch with exclusive Allflex Livestock Intelligence offers and the latest info by email or phone. By clicking the box below you agree that Allflex Livestock Intelligence, may collect, use and disclose, among its related companies, your personal data which you have provided in this form, for providing marketing material that you have agreed to receive, in accordance with our data protection policy.
We’d like to keep in touch with exclusive Allflex Livestock Intelligence offers and the latest info by email or phone. By clicking the box below you agree that Allflex Livestock Intelligence, may collect, use and disclose, among its related companies, your personal data which you have provided in this form, for providing marketing material that you have agreed to receive, in accordance with our data protection policy. Allflex Livestock Intelligence is a brand of MSD Animal Health, a division Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, and marketing communications will be sent by entities involved in the MSD Animal Health operations. You have the right to remove your consent at any time, by contacting us at the following email address: dataprivacy@allflex.global(Required)
Allflex Livestock Intelligence is a brand of MSD Animal Health, a division Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, and marketing communications will be sent by entities involved in the MSD Animal Health operations. You have the right to remove your consent at any time, by contacting us at the following email address: dataprivacy@allflex.global

You may also find these testimonials interesting