NEW - Dealing with lower quality forages over summer (PDF, 404K)
Wet winter and spring conditions across south-eastern Australia have presented additional challenges this summer. Sustaining milk production on diets with low
quality forages may be difficult. This fact sheet explores these challenges and how to deal with them.
NEW - Tips to manage dairy cows through the summer (PDF, 602KB)
This fact sheet provides information on topics including nutritionally balanced diets, grazing residuals, and milking and feeding times.
Tactics for Summer checklist (PDF, 951KB)
Summer is on the way, despite the long wet winter and cool springin south-east Australia. This is always a good time to check in on your plans and revisit farm budgets, both financial and feed.
Silage in wet weather (PDF, 689KB)
This year, extended wet periods have resulted in many pastures becoming long and rank, unable to be grazed or cut, affecting the quality of the silage produced and the ability of the paddocks to recover. This fact sheet covers considerations when cutting silage this year and managing paddocks after they are cut.
Tactics for Spring checklist (PDF, 1009KB)
This checklist aims to assist you through the process of maximising what you can grow, graze and conserve and taking a ‘pasture first’ approach, particularly through spring, which will be essential in adapting your business to the lower milk price. Links to relevant fact sheets, videos and tools that can assist your decision making are also provided.
Preparing for 2016-17 checklist (PDF, 618KB)
This checklist aims to assist you through the process of planning for the new financial year in a very challenging environment. Links to relevant fact sheets, videos and tools that can assist your decision making are also provided.
Managing wet soils (PDF, 595KB)
Grazing of waterlogged paddocks can result in serious ‘pugging’ damage to pastures and soils. This damage can reduce pasture utilisation by up to 50%, and reduce pasture yields by 20–80% over the following four to eight months. Click above to learn more.
Why fertiliser management is a hot topic this spring (PDF, 627KB)
In tight times, trimming unnecessary costs is important. Reviewing fertiliser requirements is one area that is an important process, ensuring costs are justified and provide a benefit to the business. Unnecessary or inefficient use of fertilisers affects profit.