Making more money with South Devon


Illustrating The South Devon Advantage using Farmax Pro

What is Farmax Pro?

Quite simply Farmax Pro is the most sophisticated and accurate pastoral farm modelling software available. It is increasingly being used by progressive sheep and beef farmers and their respective consultants to fine tune their farm systems to maximise profit. See the website for more information on this fantastic tool - http://www.farmax.co.nz                                             

We used Farmax Pro to run five scenarios’- two for a breeding system and two for a breeding and finishing system. The aim was to establish what impact the use of South Devon Genetics would have on profit. The results speak for themselves…….

Breeding system - “A self replacing herd of 100 head with 25 heifers retained annually and calved at 2 years old -  remainder of calves sold at weaning“

Scenario one: Angus cows being mated to Angus sires:
Results: Weaners weighed 221 kgLW, Gross Margin $423/ha or 7.7 cents/kgDM

Scenario two: Angus cows being mated to South Devon sires:
Results: Weaners weighed 250 kgLW, Gross Margin $493/ha or 8.7 cents/kgDM
Breeding and Finishing system - “A self replacing herd of 100 head with 25 heifers calved at 2 years with remainder of progeny retained and grown to potential and sold at 20 months”
 
Scenario three: Angus cows being mated to Angus sires:
Results: Heifers finished at 237 kgCW, Steers at 292 kgCW Gross Margin $462/ha or 8.5 cents/kgDM
 
Scenario four: Angus cows being mated to South Devon sires:
Results: Heifers finished at 265 kgCW, Steers at 297 kgCW Gross margin $494/ha or 8.9 cents/kgDM

In summary - the inclusion of South Devon genetics in a breeding system will increase profit by 13%, and in a breeding and finishing system by 5%.