Journal article

Evaluating development options for a rain-fed dairy farm in Gippsland

DP Armstrong, KA Tarrant, CKM Ho, LR Malcolm, WJ Wales

ANIMAL PRODUCTION SCIENCE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010

Abstract

A case study and modelling approach was used to examine options for a dairy farm in the high rainfall area of Gippsland (southern Victoria) that would enable it to maintain or increase profit in the future (next 5-10 years) in the face of a continuing 'cost-price squeeze'. The economic performance of the business under a range of development options, identified by an 'expert panel', was analysed for a planning period of 10 years. The options analysed were: (i) increased herd size without purchasing more land, (ii) increased milking area and (iii) purchasing non-milking area for production of conserved fodder. Expanding the milking area by purchasing more land without significantly increasing..

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