Dairy conversion – a tale from the high country

Dairy Connect marked World Milk Day today by launching a new video detailing one family’s progress in converting most of its 485ha family farm to dairy production.

Around 18 months ago, fifth generation farmers the Nankervis family, based at Corryong in Victoria’s North East, decided to change their beef cattle and peppermint oil growing and processing program to dairying.

Pete and Barb and kids Alex, Jane and Will worked closely and prepared detailed succession and business plans in a strategy designed to ensure the kids had a future in farming.

The Corryong district was originally settled by Nankervis forebears, who were engineers from Cornwall, in the 1800s.

A total of 365ha (900 acres) of the 485ha (1200 acre) Nankervis farm has been converted to dairying with the first milk produced in March 2016.

Alex Nankervis said: “We milk all year round with autumn and spring calving. Aside from the odd relief milking job we had no dairying experience so it’s been a real learning curve.

“Easing that curve involved a shed and technology which was automated so it’d be easy to operate.

“We’ve had great service and support from Nichol Dairy Services – from choice of platform and technology to being there when we need them.

“That backup is really important; we’ve only been milking for six weeks but it’s going well.”

Herd Size                   390 Cows

Dairy Type                 Centrus Composite Rotary

Plant Size                  60 Bails

Key Technologies    SmartECRs, SmartD-TECT, SmartSPRAY, BailGate Straps


The Nankervis family video which was produced by Digital Farm TV, is available now here.