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John Bowman, Livestock Extension Officer,
WITH the Eastern Young Cattle Indica-
tor (EYCI) at an all-time high and the
price of young stock in the Victorian
store markets at record prices, it may be
an option to rear dairy cross or Friesian
bull calves to restock your beef farm this
The export demand for bobby calves is low;
the dairy milk price has unfortunately dropped
and the dairy heifer export market for Friesian
heifers to China has reduced, thus making the
on-farm prices for dairy bobby calves lower than
Combine this with the peak calving time for
dairy cows generating a good supply of bobby
calves, and it is possible to purchase five day old
Friesian bull calves for $60 to $80 depending on
their live weight and Friesian / beef cross calves
for $120 to $200 direct from farm.
Friesian dairy heifers are still a bit scarce and
the China export protocols are a specialist area,
so bull calves or beef-cross calves are the best op-
tion for the beef re-stocker.
Friesian / beef cross (F1) heifer calves are also
an option but are variable in price and difficult to
However if you have the contacts you can pur-
chase quality F1 heifer calves priced in the $100
to $200 range depending on size, live-weight and
breed, direct from the dairy farm.
Purchase direct from the dairy farmer if pos-
sible and isolate calves on farm to avoid introduc-
ing any bacterial scours to your beef herd.
Ensure they are five days old or older, have
been fed colostrum, have been National Livestock
Identification System (NLIS) tagged, and you are
supplied with a current vendor declaration before
the calves leave the property of birth.
It is very important to maintain the calves’
lifetime traceability, minimise the disease risk
and ensure the welfare of calves during transport
to your farm and reduce any stress when they ar-
rive on your farm, which will lead to healthier
Before introducing dairy or dairy cross calves
onto your beef property, take steps to ensure you
have addressed any possible biosecurity issues so
the health and disease status of your beef farm is
More information - https://www.animal-
The final part of the purchase is to transfer the
newly purchased calves’ NLIS tag numbers from
the dairy farm Property Identification Code (PIC)
to your PIC.
This can be done either by the vendor, the
purchaser or your livestock agent using the NLIS
database account, however it is your responsibil-
ity to ensure that the transfer occurs. NLIS animal
transfer is a simple, no-cost task once you regis-
ter as a user and learn the basic NLIS database
See the following link to the NLIS login page:
Keep restocking options open
On show: a Kubota M110GX tractor dem-
onstrated the capabilities of a Krone tedder
at the Lardner Park hay and silage demon-
stration day last Wednesday.
It’s got class: Claas Harvest Centre’s ma-
chinery got a good workout out the Lardner
Park hay and silage demonstration day last
Wednesday, including this tedder.
Demo done: Gendore Tractors and Machin-
ery showed off a Taarup tedder behind a New
Holland tractor at the Lardner Park hay and
silage demonstration day last Wednesday.
Round talkers: Keith Couch from Bass and Robert Know from San Remo were chatting to
Tim Burgess from Gendore Tractors and Machinery, centre, about the New Holland RB150
baler at the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday.
Big rake: from left, Scott Sellings and Anthony Blackshaw from Claas Harvest Centre South
Gippsland and Greig Barry from Loch look over the Claas Liner 2700 rake at the Lardner
Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday.
Hay and silage how to
LARDNER Park was mown, raked and
baled last Wednesday, as part of the hay
and silage demonstration day, attended
by several local machinery dealers.
Tim Burgess from Gendore Tractors and Machin-
ery said they had “virtually a bit of everything” to
demonstrate to visitors on the day.
It is the first time Gendore had attended the day,
after recently opening a branch in Warragul.
Claas Harvest Centre South Gippsland had a
large range of Claas machinery on display and run-
ning demonstrations on the day.
“It was a beautiful day, with perfect weather and
there were quite a few people around,” dealer princi-
pal Anthony Blackshaw said.
“The Lardner Park facility is one of the best in
Australia. The demonstration day gave people an op-
portunity to see the machinery operating and com-
“They are not distracted by anything else, they
just come to see the machinery working which makes
decision making easier.”
Mark Chapman from Chapman Machinery Ser-
vice said they were running the Krone Comprima
baler on the day, with the new film bale wrap.
“It is really innovative, particularly when recy-
cling because it is all plastic, the bale and the silage
wrap,” he said.
Mr Chapman said the Krone Comprima baler and
Fendt 927 tractor used for the demonstration were
provided by contractor Tony McGarvey from Inver-
He said the baler is a new machine and the first in
the district, so it was fantastic to be able to use it for
the demonstration day.
“There was a reasonable turnout on the day. It is
always a good start to the season and it gets people
out for a social day as well,” Mr Chapman said.
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