Sara McNeil

My husband Tim and my three children live in Myall on the Murray River. We milk 500 cows through eight Lely robots that we installed in 2022, after we retired our 30-year-old, 44 stand rotary. We are the fourth generation on our family farm and have seen two family successions during my time.
We currently employ two full time employees. We grow all annual pastures from March to November and feed pad throughout the other times of the year. Our grazings are split up in 8-hour shifts encouraging our cows to move through the dairy on average 2.3-2.7 milkings per day.
We calve 3 times per year, February, August and November for 24 days with an AI breeding program. We rear all our replacement heifers, from day one they are fed on automatic calf feeders and then feed lotted on grain until they are 300kgs. We join them at 400kg to make good solid cows to bustle in the robots.
We have 355 hectares which are fully irrigated with pipes and risers. We are currently joining our two pipelines so we can irrigate from the Murray River 365 days of the year providing we can afford the water.
We enjoy our weekends volunteering and playing sport for our community teams. During winter my sons play football and my daughter netball and i umpire the netball for the Murrabit Football Netball Club. In the Summer, you can find us at Murrabit Lawn Tennis Club playing tennis.
On my day off from farming, I work once a week as an Exercise Physiologist in private practice in Cohuna, where I enjoy helping others engage in exercise and recover from injuries.

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