Brown Swiss Cows, Rozynski's Dairy Farm, Imbil

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Jason and Lisa Rozynski run a large whole milk dairy farm which traditionally had a herd of Friesian cows, but now they are transitioning the herd to Swiss Brown breed. There are significant benefits that will flow from the change of breed.

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bdeh on December 16, 2012

Lovely shot Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on December 16, 2012

We live in a pretty valley, Berend. Though once the valley flats were almost exclusively used for dairying (butter) the changing economic circumstances has meant that the many small farms have left the industry and only a few larger dairy herds still operate. These calves are Friesian x Swiss Brown, as the Rozynskis are switching to Swiss Brown as preferred breed. Currently they are milking 380 cows twice per day for whole milk.

ebi lutze on December 18, 2012

hi Ianfrom the Group A1- Unique Australia, wishing you a merry Christmas. Having been a dairy farmer my self, I like that shot, best wishes. regards Ebi

Ian Stehbens on January 4, 2013

The way that milk prices are going any dairyfarm in this part of Australia will soon become part of Unique Australia, Ebi. I don't buy milk from Woolworths or Coles, preferring to buy from a small local producer. It is a hot issue around these parts - once all the valley floor farmers were dairying. But we have seen the economic changes move from butterfat production, to whole milk production, and now the changes in retailing are flowing through the district.

The change on this farm from Friesian to Brown Swiss breed is a further response to the impact of retailing.

I'd be interested in your thoughts as a former dairy farmer, living in a very different part of Australia.

Ian

ebi lutze on January 4, 2013

Ian** I went out after 5 years. Started with $4.5 per Kg butterfat. Hay price $1.5 per bale of meadow hay and barley $ 65 per ton. Ended up with $ 2.95 for kg of butterfat, $ 4.5 for meadow hay and $ 110 for the ton of Barley. I was not a farmer, but a businessman and with 150 cows milking non stop a year, it was time to go out. Lucky I was freehold. Now the pay you per protein so the brown swiss might be a better choice. I still keep an interest in the industry. Regards Ebi

Ian Stehbens on January 4, 2013

Your data makes a very clear statement, Ebi, on the economic pressures on the farmer. Another element that is significant around here, is that once water in the creeks and rivers that flowed by your farm was free, now it has a licence and a price attached to it.

One of the significant benefits of Brown Swiss is that the male calves are heavier and more muscular, as are the cows, which mean there is some money to be made by selling them to the meatworks. Gone are the days when the only option for male vealers were either shot or provided meat for the table of the farmer's family.

Thanks for your management of the group and the affirmation you give to those who contribute to the group.

Ian

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