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Dairy Operations
Race Construction

Marphona is ring raced to enable feeding at the same time as milking. This enables the tractors to operate from the outsides of the perimeter and travel up the races without interferring with stock returning to the paddocks from milking. The intention is to have all paddocks within 1500m of the dairy parlour.
Peat Clay/Cloth, SROP and Lime Rock
Clay SROP & Lime Rock

Calf Shed
The calf shed has capacity to hold 400 calves, each spending 2 weeks in the shed then progess to 56 separate calf paddocks. Approx 500 dairy heifer replacements bred per year. For quality control the calves are weighed from birth until 2 years.

Environmental Management
Marphona Farms is a major landowner in the Motukaraka Drainage Scheme, and is an active member of the associated Care Group.

Water Supply
150mm diameter ring mains supply water through 50mm diameter feeders to 2500 capacity troughs. Irrigation is available for approx 50 ha (124 acres). Three Bores are located on Marphona Farms
Bore 1, 100 dia capacity 32,000 l/hr
Bore 2, 150 dia capacity 46.600 l/hr
Bore 3, 150 dia capacity 64,000 l/hr

Effluent
Effluent discharge is managed with an underground spray irrigation system with hydrants in each paddock. A Traveling Irrigator is run from these hydrants, with a backup system of spray tankers. In total 94 hectares are irrigated with effluent, all of which is controlled under a full Resource Consent from Environment Waikato.

Dairy Operations - No. 1 Parlour
• 50-Bail External Rotary, yard capacity of 500 cows
• Up to 1200 cows milked twice daily all year round with 2 calvings per annum
• Eight full time workers, 6 work at any one time
• Cows milked at 400 cows per hour
• Separate tourism access to the centre of rotary platform plus training
• New Zealand’s Largest Organic Dairy Farm holding AsureQuality
  Certification

No. 2 Parlour
• 50-Bail External Rotary, yard capacity of 500 cows
• Up to 800 cows milked twice daily
• Five full time workers, 4 at any one time
• Cows milked at 400 cows per hour
• New Zealand’s Largest Organic Dairy Farm holding AsureQuality
  Certification

Hair Farm
• 20 a side Herringbone shed
• 400 cow farm
• Two fulltime staff
• Organic conversion underway from August 2013, will be fully organic in August 2015


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