BEEF producers Andrew and Megan Miller’s decision to wean early resulted in greatly improved condition in their cows for joining, and the Millers expect the decision to result in up to 60 extra calves on the ground at the next calving.
In spite of the drought conditions, the Millers also added $116/head value to their sold feedlot steers, thanks to detailed planning and assessment of the starting value, feed price, daily weight gain and likely sale price.
Their achievements have seen the Millers, from Windorah, Queensland, lead the third quarter of the MLA Challenge, the results of which were announced on Tuesday night.
They were followed by sheep producers John and Annie Ramsay from Bothwell, Tasmania; sheep producers Marcus and Shannon Sounness from Amelup, Western Australia; beef producers Matthew and Angela Pearce from Adelong, NSW; beef producers Bill and Georgia Wilson from Edi Victoria, and beef producers Lachlan and Anna Hughes from Dulacca Queensland.
“The difference now that we are part of the MLA Challenge is that we’re improving our skills required to farm in an extremely variable climate,” said Mr Miller.
“We are making more informed decisions after finding the information we need, talking each major decision through with our mentor, and then committing to it. We feel in control, able to consider our options and make choices, even when the conditions are unfavourable.”
MLA’s general manager Livestock Production Innovation, Peter Vaughan, said that the third quarter of the MLA Challenge has seen the six families make the most of the information, tools and resources available to them, along with the advice of their mentors, to plan and make business decisions.
The MLA Challenge is supported by Woolworths, Westpac Agribusiness and QantasLink. For more information about the MLA Challenge, the six farming families involved and the resources they are using, visit www.mla.com.au/challenge.