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Focus Farm: Fletcher Family – Keely Station, Cohuna 

Leigh and Sasha Fletcher are managers on the Keely station family business in Cohuna, owned by Leigh’s parents Rodney and Karen. Leigh and Sasha’s main aim from the Focus Farm program was to develop a well communicated and mutually beneficial family succession plan. 


Murray Dairy Focus Farms Fletcher Family Keely 

Specific challenges for Fletcher’s include: 

  • Reduce the farm’s break even milk price from $6.14 per kilo milk solids in 2015/16 to a long term average of $4.50 per kilo

  • Keep a closer track on monthly cash flow against annual and monthly budgets 

  • Develop and execute a clear succession plan 

  • For the business to be profitable enough to grow while supporting two generations of the Fletcher family

Farm Details

Total area  245 ha
Milking Area 132 ha 
Dairy 19 aside double up with individual feeders,
stall gates, ADF, auto draft and 150 cow feed pad 
Herd numbers 285 cows 
Annual stocking rate 
(cows/milking ha)
Milk Production 
(Kg Milk Solids)
Water Entitlement/
Owned and leased
802 ML
Home-grown feed 
(t/DM/total area ha) 
Home-grown feed
in diet
Cows/labour unit FTE 142  

Keely Station Focus Farm and Open Day reports

Rob Brown from Peppin Planners Deniliquin presents a Case Study on family farm succession planning.

Download the Keely Focus Farm Open Day Presentation November 2017 

Review month by month Focus Farm reporting for Keely Station. These detailed reports feature Keely Station's monthly production output, grazing and supplement costs, daily income and milk prices.

 September 2017  October 2017    
 May 2017  June 2017  July 2017  August 2017
 January 2017   February 2017  March 2017  April 2017


Find out about Murray Dairy's other Focus Farm family - John and Elise Pethybridge.

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