Management change to boost cash flow

Western Vic dairy farmer looks to a longer lactation


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Western Victorian dairy farmer is extending the lactation of half of his herd to provide much needed cash flow late in the season.

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MILKING: The Sisters dairy farmer Paul Riches says the Woolworths' decision doesn't make a lot of difference to his business and has other plans to improve cash flow.

MILKING: The Sisters dairy farmer Paul Riches says the Woolworths' decision doesn't make a lot of difference to his business and has other plans to improve cash flow.

The Sisters dairy farmer Paul Riches says milking a section of his herd for an extra month to generate cash flow would help mitigate costs and boost cash flow.

The Riches milk about 400 cows calving in June and July.

This year instead of drying off 200 July calving cows at the end of March, they would milk them until the end of April.

"We feed our dry cows 2.5 kilograms of pellets a day plus a roll of hay anyway," Mr Riches said.

"We will now milk 200 cows producing 0.8kg of milk solids a day worth around $6.55/kg.

"Those cows will be getting 5.6 to 6kg of pellets and five rolls; it will mean we aren't just paying money out, but are also getting some back."

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He said the cows would still get eight to 10 weeks off so shouldn't have an impact going into the next season.

Production was running well ahead of the 2017/18 season due to a drier winter and more pasture growth.

Mr Riches said that at the same time prices were down and costs were up.

He expects that with a lack of hay available prices would remain at the current levels, or higher.

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