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Dairy life good for winning family
2013 Southland Farm
Managers of the Year
Daniel and Emma Todd
are in their second
season as contract
milkers at Rimu, near
Bosses: Farm Managers of the Year
Daniel and Emma Todd.
Blue patch: The Todd's own 10 per cent of the herd and these cows are identified with blue tags.
Contract milkers Daniel and
Emma Todd treat every cow they
milk as one of their own.
The Todds also own just 10 per
cent of the cows they milk at
Rimu, near Invercargill, but their
cows don't get preferential
''Every cow is treated the same --
regardless of who owns it,'' Daniel
He and wife Emma are in their
second season contract milking
377 crossbred cows at Rimu, near
Invercargill, on a 140ha dairy
platform owned by Rob and Karen
It is their first contract milking
Daniel grew up on a sheep and
beef farm, but has spent the last 10
years working on dairy farms in
Southland while Emma, who
grew up in Invercargill, studied
for a Bachelor of Commerce and
became an associate chartered
The Todds, who have been
married three years, moved to
their current job at the start of the
2011-2012 season when son Jamie
was just five days old.
''It was pretty full on when we
came here,'' Emma said.
Now life is about to get a whole lot
busier for the young couple who
are expecting their second child
in late June and are focused on
growing their equity through the
purchase of young stock.
The Todds' business operates
under three separate contracts.
As contract milkers they receive
$1.20 per kilogram of milk solids
plus 5 per cent of the total milk
income while the 10 per cent of
cows they own are under a 50 per
cent sharemilking contract.
They also receive 10 per cent of
the reared calves in return for calf
rearing and pay 10 per cent of the
animal health, breeding and stock
The tractor, silage wagon and
mower they own are leased back
to the farm at a flat monthly rate.
The Todds prefer to milk Friesian
cows, but the Duthies have swung
towards ''big high-producing
crossbreds'' and they expect to
achieve about 136,000 kilograms of
milk solids this season.
This equates to 361kg of milk
solids per cow or 971kg of milk
solids per hectare and they were
currently producing about 0.93
kilograms of milk solids per day
on once-a-day milking.
However, milk production on the
property is limited by the effluent
consent which is set at 400 cows.
The special features of the
property are being on a busy road
which provides motivation for
continuous improvement, such as
managing ragwort which is an
ongoing problem, and a large
number of mature shelter belts.
The cows calve from August 5 and
the Todds are focused on getting
as many cows in-calf during the
six weeks of artificial
insemination as possible.
''We've got a lot more cows in calf
to AI this year,'' Daniel said.
The empty rate was currently
sitting around 9 per cent and 4 per
cent of cows were induced.
A stringent regrassing policy has
been implemented at a rate of 10
per cent a year, with a third of the
property regrassed over the last
four years while the balance was
in old pasture.
The Todds' main goal was to grow
a happy and healthy family and
they believe the dairy industry
helps maintain a family-friendly
They are also heavily involved in
their local community and have
found that involving themselves
with local groups has expanded
their base of friends, mentors and
networks within the area.
The Todds have set clear goals
and they aim to go 50 per cent
sharemilking or form an equity
partnership within the next four
years and own or lease a run-off to
manage their young stock within
the same time-frame.
They also hope to move into
partial or full dairy farm owner-
ship within 10 to 15 years.
The Todds will represent South-
land in the New Zealand Farm
Manager of the Year Awards, in
conjunction with the dairy indus-
try awards, in Wellington in May.
DANIEL AND EMMA TODD
2013 Southland Farm Managers
of the Year
Milking 377 cows at Rimu on a
140ha milking platform
Farm is owned by Rob and
They expect to produce about
136,000 kilograms of milk solids
The Todds are in their second
season as contract milkers.
The business is run as three
They receive $1.20/kg MS and 5
per cent of the total milk income.
They receive 50 per cent of the
milk income for the 10 per cent of
cows they own.
They receive 10 per cent of calves
reared in return for calf rearing.
They pay 10 per cent of the animal
health, breeding and stock feed.
The Todds aim to go 50 per cent
sharemilking or form an equity
partnership within four years.
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