The use of three-way crossbreeding in dairy operations is a popular topic at present. With more farmers using the system, and herd conversions are obtaining critical mass due to decisions made in previous years, the results of taking such a strategy are now starting to show.
Josh and Lilli Philp run more than 700 head at Riverbank, a 420-hectare dairy farm they lease from Josh’s parents Barry and Vicky at Garvoc in Victoria.
Barry and Vicky came to the farm from New Zealand in 1996 and started milking NZ Friesians. After struggling with herd health issues and trying to breed a smaller cow, they introduced a two-way Jersey cross.