We milk 430 X-breed cows on 124ha of rolling ash country. Ivondale Farm is owned in equity between ourselves and Dave’s parents Phill and Deb.
Phill and Deb have owned the property for 32 years.
We operate a system 5 farm, importing maize and PKE. Supplements are fed on a feed pad. 15ha of chicory is grown on the platform. Chicory is grazed by our calves and the twice a day milking herd over summer. 5ha of maize is also grown on the farm.
Calving starts on the 1st July for our heifers and the 10th July for the rest of the herd. Every cow only gets milked once a day for her first 2 weeks of lactation before going twice a day. However because we have two herds and a long walk to the back of the farm we do keep 180-220 of our cows milking OAD for the entire season.
Our farming principals include a focus on utilising pasture first, maintaining well fed cows and always striving to sustain a high standard of cow comfort and animal health.