Good data. Better results.
Getting the right data is essential to achieving their goal of lifting an average performing farm into one that’s producing exceptional results. So far, the progress is solid with Owl Farm’s 410 cows producing 417 kilos a cow – which is about 1,150 kilos of milk solids per hectare.
Production, of course, is just one measure. At Owl Farm they also aim to match the best cows to the best genetics and get the best progeny born on the farm.
Tom explains. “Running a low stock system, we want the best cow out there. We don’t want any gap fillers, so it’s really important that we’re breeding the best from the best.”
During the 18/19 season they’ve had exceptional results using LIC’s Short Gestation Length genetics for the first 6 weeks on lower producing cows. The farm’s in-calf rate is up by 6% and empties down by 5% and they’ve achieved an additional 10-14 days of milk in the vat.
Again, the ability to get detailed LIC reports on reproductive performance has helped the Owl Farm management team enormously.