Ditchetts Farm, Devon

Published 5 April 18

The Tucker Family Low ResRichard Tucker, together with his parents Nigel and Brenda run a spring block herd of 240 New Zealand Friesians and Friesian Jersey crosses on 450 rented acres at Dichetts Farm near Tiverton in Devon.

The cows are Friesian x Jersey with an average mature weight of around 500kg. Annual yield per cow is 4,900 litres with average solids of 4.61% BF and 3.62% Protein supplying Arla.  

The grazing platform extends to 61 hectares plus 20 hectares silage ground. A new 20/40 swing over parlour was installed in 2006 with subsequent investment in cow/youngstock housing and tracks.

Youngstock are reared on a second rented farm where 6.5 ha kale is grown for outwintering. The Tuckers also produce 360 geese for the Christmas market and have 140 breeding ewes.          

The Family have been long time members of the Grassmasters discussion group and Richard is currently Vice Chairman of Devon NFU.   

Speaking about the appointment Richard said: “Being able to discuss and implement current thinking and research on our farm would not only help us to develop as both people and as a business, but it would also be good to share this with like-minded people."

The launch meeting at Ditchetts Farm is on 11 April - click here for more information and to book.

 

Key Performance Indicators

Our Optimal Dairy Systems program defined a set of measures and targets, which enable us to show how the farm performs against good, average and poor performers.  

Dairy Enterprise KPIs

Good performance

Average performance

Poor performance

Ditchetts Farm

Cows and heifers calved within the first 6 weeks (%)

>90%

58%

<50%

78%

Solids output per ha (Kg milk solids/hectare)

>1250kg/ha

1050kg/ha

<850kg/ha

1,148kg/ha

Milk output from forage (litres)

>4000l

2600l

<2400l

3,337 litres

Herd replacement rate (%)

18%

25%

>30%

20%

Overheads (fixed costs) as a proportion of income (output) (%)

<30%

40%

>50%

45%

Genetic Merit

<25%

25-75%

>75%

10%

 

Financial KPIs

Good performance

Average performance

Poor performance

Ditchetts Farm

Income (output) retained (%)

20%

5%

<0%

26% 

Return on tenants capital (%)

20%

7%

<0%

21% 

Full economic costs of production (ppl)

Block <22ppl

28.5ppl

>32ppl

31.9ppl 

 

Dairy enterprise income

Ditchetts Farm

PPL

Full economic cost of production

31.4

Total expenses CFP

26.2

Comparable farm profit

11.8

Dairy profit (pre tax and drawings)

9


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