Fifth-generation farmer Brett moved from Swan Hill in northern Victoria to Simpson, near the Great Ocean Road in the south of the state. And what´s more, he also used VikingRed to transition from Holsteins to Aussie Reds.
The shift to VikingRed was inspired by lifestyle choices, especially to avoid emergency night calving support. “We were a Holstein herd in Swan Hill, but it was getting harder and harder to get cows in calf.
A friend had a few Aussie Reds and invited me to a field day. I looked at them and met VikingGenetics and decided to dabble in Aussie Reds for a while. Once we started getting the daughters, we realised it was the way to go”, he said.
“We got an instant kick in that first cross for fertility and the health continued to improve which meant we weren’t spending as much on mastitis and lame cows,” Brett said.
The moves have been a huge success from both farming and family perspectives, creating the ideal work-life balance. They moved from the north to get away from water issues, and they moved to VikingRed to improve female fertility.