Targeting profit per hectare winning formula

Targeting profit per hectare winning formula

Monday, December 16, 2013

Most of you will know by now that Mathew Venables of Pigeon House Farm, Cheshire won the BGS UK Grassland Farmer of the Year title for 2013.

A recent article in the Farmers Guardian profiles contract farmers Mat and wife Nikki, highlighting the success they have had on the farm, making them deserved winners of the prestigeous competition:

Dairy: Targeting profit per hectare winning formula for grassland winner

Targeting a comparable farm profit of £2,000/ha has helped the British Grassland Society’s UK grassland farmer of the year 2013 ensure both parties in a dairy operation get a good return on their investment by maximising grass growth and utilisation.

Profit is a key driver for Mathew Venables who, along with wife Nikki, operates a 480-cow contract dairy farming operation at the 132-hectare (326-acre) Pigeon House Farm at Handley, near Chester – part of the Bolesworth Estate – on which business partner Randle Cooke is tenant.

With two other units managed elsewhere in Cheshire, the Venables are keen to expand a successful formula developed initially at Whirley Hall, near Macclesfield (300 cows in-milk) and thereafter at Grove House Farm, Congleton (380 cows in-milk). Mr Venables says: “As a contract farmer there’s no security of tenure unlike a family-owned farm so we have to keep expanding the business.”

The couple’s focus is, as one would expect of a British Grassland Society (BGS) title-holder, maximising grass as the core low cost feed. All three operations are tightly blocked spring calving herds where New Zealand genetics dominate.

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