• Victoria Leads Milk Production

    Production

    6.39 Billion

    Victoria dominates the dairy industry in Australia, producing 6.39 billion litres, or 66 per cent, of Australia’s milk.

    VALUE

    $3 Billion

    The dairy sector is the largest agricultural industry in Victoria, accounting for 64% of Australia’s $4.7Bn primary milk market.

    Yield

    7,500

    Our advanced farming system yields around 7,500 litres per year per cow compared the the national average of around 5,500 litres. 

  • 8-Point Farm Plan

  • We have received an industry award from major processing company Murray-Goulburn Co-operative which places us in the top 5% of producers by volume by protein content by milk fat, thanks to advanced farming practices and our unique 8-point farm plan.

    The SSF farming plan introduces eight major changes to the way the dairy industry has traditionally farmed in the MDB region. Some of these changes are new (including a patented hydroponic grain sprouting and fodder system) and some are being trialled on a small number of farms in the MDB region.

    SSF is the first to bring the complete package together in a new scaled up “hub and satellite” configuration (to be supported by hydroponic fodder), alternative higher value add crops and a three year transition of soils to “organic” certification.

  • 1 Consolidation and scaling up

    Most dairy farms in the region are small in scale and milk around 150 – 300 cows. Like many small businesses they have relied heavily on family input and long working hours to achieve profitability.

    It is the basis of this Dairy Project proposal to acquire a selected pre-qualified number of these farms and consolidate them into a 1,000 ha x 1,000 cow dairy using a modern rotary milking system.

    On behalf of the investor SSF will acquire a number of these farms, consolidating the dairy operation into a “HUB” of 1,000 cows using a modern rotary dairy milking system supported by dry land and irrigated grain and fodder production to secure grain and fodder supplies to the “HUB”.

    Examples of consolidation and scaling up are beginning to emerge in the MDB region.

    The “big two” manufacturers (Murray-Goulburn & Tatura) are now offering higher milk prices to these higher volume quality suppliers – the current SSF Leitchville operation is in this category.

  • 2 Vertical integration

    Traditionally, irrigation dairy farming has operated on the principle that the farmer sources off farm feed from others who have the expertise in growing it in a different region and the feed is transported in.

    Apart from summer maize it has not been the normal practice to grow grain crops on pasture land. Therefore vertical integration of feed supplies has not been a normal dairy protocol. The SSF Plan is based on securing our own grain and fodder supplies from our own farms. The new “8 Point Plan” makes it possible to do this while still retaining the benefits and productivity of broad acre specialisation in grain crops.

  • 3 Conversion of farms to irrigated and dry land feed production

    Our satellite farms will be converted to broad acre cereal and fodder production and will no longer require irrigation as they will produce cereal crops in line with the normal weather cycle – supplemented by temporary water as required. 

    By moving grain production further south and east from traditional cereal growing areas such as the Riverina and Wimmera/Mallee, there is a stronger prospect of reliable feed crops than in the lower northern rainfall areas.

    This trend has already emerged in Gippsland and the Western District with noted success under SSF’s leadership will shortly begin to emerge in the irrigation districts of the MDB.

  • 4 Large scale sprouted grain and hydroponic fodder production

    SSF’s licensed technology has been developed specifically for the higher volume 1,000 cow dairy operation resulting in increased milk volumes, increased quality and lower capital and labour costs.

  • 5 Soil upgrade for productivity and moisture retention

    This Project introduces a new, proven, science based soil conditioner as part of an extensive soil upgrade on every farm acquired. The mix costs much less than conventional fertilisers and significantly increases the carbon and organic structure of the soils.

  • 6 Organic certification

    The newly created dairy hub will be operated in accordance with organic dairy principles. While it involves scaling up and “feedlot” operations – the herd will have a much larger “living zone” than provided in conventional feedlots – thus qualifying for organic certification – and leaving us with “Happy Cows”.

    Animal husbandry will be practiced according to organic certified guidelines.

    All feed must be sourced as “organic”. Satellite “feeder “farms will also be upgraded to organic certification.

  • 7 Mobile feed out system for dairy herd

    The grain sprouting system introduces mobile feed bins which are towed by tractor to the dairy herd “living zone”. This system provides considerable flexibility over conventional feedlots where infrastructure is fixed and herds tend to congregate in the same place most of the time which leads to high concentrations of effluent and can create significant animal hygiene problems which require close management and control.

    The mobile feed bins enable the herd to be easily rotated from one living zone to another and represent a return to more conventional farm rotation and “resting” cycles for the soils and ground cover. This flexibility of rotation also enables manure to be recycled back into the soils as part of the soil upgrade and composting process.

  • 8 Carbon Credits

    Farming has been identified as a major global greenhouse gas emitter.

    The Australian Government has recently announced the “Carbon Farming Initiative” (CFI) as part of the national emissions trading scheme.

    Both sides of politics have committed to the continuity of the CFI and the science community agrees that there is substantial CO2 sequestration benefit for each percentage point of increase in carbon content in farm soils.

    This business model provides for a 4% increase in carbon levels in the soils over 3 years. This action involves regenerating the soils by ceasing the current intensive flood irrigated pasture protocols and introducing carbon and organic material to reposition these soils as carbon “sequesters” rather than “emitters”.

    This strategy positions the business for a carbon credit revenue stream under the CFI guidelines.

    Further information will be provided on the benefits to the farm on carbon credits will be available once the Carbon Credit legislation has been finalised and has been in operation.