11 years ago this farming family started off with one cow called ‘Hope’. With no family farm to begin their farming journey, the couple made the move to South West Victoria as they were uncomfortable with water security where they were in Northern Victoria. Fast forward 11 years and they have over 700 animals and a milking platform they say is the perfect ‘Mum and Dad’ system.
Decision for Installing Lely Astronaut
On the home farm in Simpson, Victoria, Phil and Symone Vine milk 280 cows on 120 Ha. They purchased this farm 6 years ago with a run-down dairy that had to be replaced. They use Astronaut A4’s on this pasture-based farm. They had originally planned to build a conventional herringbone parlour, but some helpful advice from their bank manager and a drive to Gippsland to look into AMS got them thinking about an Automatic Milking System. Phil and Symone realised quickly they were considering an option they never really knew was within reach. “The look on Phil’s face just said it all…” says Symone, with Phil adding “these are the type of cows we want; calm, relaxed and in charge.”