Pasture focus pays off for Dederang dairy farmer

Scott McKillop croppedScott McKillop enjoys growing grass and seeing his 340 Holstein Friesians grazing it and turning it into milk.

The Dederang farmer and Murray Goulburn supplier knows only too well that grass use is a real driver of profitability in dairy farming and he’s determined to maximise the productivity of his family’s 500 hectare operation in the Kiewa Valley of north-east Victoria.

“As a rule of thumb, the most successful dairy farmers grow a lot of grass and utilise it,” Scott said.

“In our operation, this means doing everything that’s needed in a timely way without taking shortcuts, so we can grow as much pasture as possible.”

A fourth generation farmer, Scott combines his family farming heritage with an agricultural science degree from the University of Melbourne and 15 years of off-farm work experience in livestock management and pasture agronomy to his operation. It’s been a busy decade for Scott and his wife, Belinda, who have three young children.