They are using Tiller Talk to help them reach that goal.
"We're looking forward to getting some advice on how we can improve our home grown feed without cutting milk production,” says Matthew.
"The payout over the last couple of years has shown how reliant we all are on our pasture. When there is less money coming in, you don't want to be spending it on bringing in feed, so having good pasture is important."
The farm has some old and run-down pastures that deliver poor growth for much of the season.
“We believe that there is a huge scope to decrease feed costs but increase production and profitability through extensive pasture renewal,” says Matthew.
This is Matthew and Brad’s first season contract milking on the 100ha effective block at Kaponga milking up to 380 Friesian /Friesian-cross cows. They run a high input system with feedpad and in-shed feeding. Turnips and fodder beet are used to boost feed during summer and winter months.
Matthew, a former political advisor, and Brad, a former journalist, made the switch to farming in 2014 and have enjoyed the challenges dairy farming presented.
The pair started as contract milkers for Brad’s brother near Huntly. It was there that they were named the 2016 Auckland/Hauraki Share Farmers of the Year.
They have since progressed to a larger contract milking position in Taranaki where they work towards a simple overall objective.
“We farm for happy, healthy cows and happy, healthy people,” says Brad.