Keeping count in Krowera

KROWERA dairy farmers Matthew Loader and Megan Kirk have been named in the top 100 dairy farms in the country for milk quality for the second year running.
The Australian milk quality awards recognise farms that have achieved the best milk quality in the country based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC).
Gippsland farms made up 21 of the top 100.
Matthew and Megan said they do nothing out of the ordinary on their farm, where they currently milk up to 340 Friesians.
Their seasonally calving herd is treated with dry cow and teat seal, and the cows are kept dry for at least eight weeks, which is longer than on some other farms.
Megan said she likes the herd’s BMCC to be less than 100,000 cells/ml, however it is usually below that.
“This year it was around 81,000c/ml. Because we are building herd numbers at the moment we had some carry over cows which would have pushed it up a bit,” she said.
Matthew said rather than focussing on cell count, their main aim is to keep the cost of production as low as possible.
“The less cows we have with mastitis, the lower our costs. Mastitis is one of the worst things for increasing cost of production,” he said.
“We use inline mastitis detectors, which are an inline filter at eye level, that help us to pick up the problem early. The filter picks up little clots and when we see that, we check the cow.”
Keeping their cows stress free and allowing them to walk to and from the milking shed on their own where possible is also important.
Matthew and Megan aim to keep things simple on their farm, which includes minimising external labour.
“We do 98 percent of the milking between us,” Matthew said.
This is the second year in the top 10 for the Krowera farmers, but they have been recognised in the top five percent of Australian farms every year since 2011.
They were also named as a Burra Foods gold supplier for 2015-16.
Megan said it is always good to receive the awards, however that isn’t why they do what they do.
“It is good to be recognised for doing a good job and paying attention to details. We are happy with our BMCC at the moment. It would be good to maintain it as we build up our herd,” she said.

Great achievement: Krowera dairy farmers Megan Kirk and Matthew Loader have been recognised in the top 100 farms in this year’s Australian milk quality awards.

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