Tools and resources


  • Knowing your situation

    Knowing your situation

    DairyBase
    Find out how you can use DairyBase to identify opportunities and make effective decisions on your farm.

    Taking Stock tool
    The Taking Stock tool was developed for dairy farmers to use in conjunction with their advisors. It helps farmers assess the current financial and physical health of their dairy farm businesses.

    Download your copy of the Tactics for Tight Times Taking stock of your situation fact sheet.

  • Planning your cash flow and feed budget

    Planning your cash flow and budget

    Dairy Cash Management Planner (Excel, 1MB)
    Make sure your cash flow is accurate using this easy-to-navigate spreadsheet.

    Click on the title link above to download the Dairy Cash Management Planner directly onto your desktop computer. Alternatively, click here to download the PDF version.

    Note: To get the most out of this cash flow spreadsheet, it is recommended that you open the spreadsheet on your desktop computer. Mobile devices, including tablets (eg: iPads) and smartphones, may not be fully compatible.


    Feed Budgeting Tool  (Excel, 1.45MB)
    Doing a feed budget is essential in order to make the best decisions around managing your feed requirements throughout the season. This feed budgeting tool helps farmers look at feed supply and feed demand over a 3, 6, 9 or 12 month period to assist with making good tactical decisions around feeding cows.

    Click on the title link above to download Dairy Australia's Feed Budgeting tool directly onto your PC's desktop.

    Note: To get the most out of this feed budgeting tool, it is recommended that you open the spreadsheet on your desktop computer (compatible with both Windows and Apple environments). This Feed Budgeting tool is supported by the following versions of Excel: Windows - 2010 (v14), 2013 (v15) and 2016 (v16). Apple - 2011 (v14) and 2016 (v15). Mobile devices, including tablets (eg: iPads) and smartphones, may not be fully compatible.

    Nick and Simone Renyard - Feed Budgeting


    Feedbase & Animal Nutrition Podcast

  • Looking after yourself and your people

    Looking after yourself and your people

    People in Dairy
    People in Dairy has resources that help farmers to manage their teams, be resilient and plan ahead.

  • Maximising value from home grown and purchased feed

    Cow

    Ryegrass - Summer Grazing Management

     

    Phil Shannon - grazing management

     

    Planning your feeding program fact sheet (PDF, 330KB)
    Most dairy farms are dealing with a shortage of pasture and home-grown conserved forages and are considering what feeds they should buy to milk their herds through periods of low growth. Download your fact sheet here.

    Building a feed wedge fact sheet (PDF, 353KB)
    High pasture consumption is integral to profitable dairy farming and is a key profit driver. One low cost tactic to assist in reducing feed costs is establishing a feed wedge. Download your fact sheet here.

    Managing the spring surplus fact sheet (PDF, 567KB)
    During this spring, with fodder reserves low on most farms, conservation of the surplus feed grown will be a high priority. Conserving the true surplus is an effective approach to managing spring pastures as well as being able to fill feed gaps later. Download your fact sheet here.

    Ryegrass - spring grazing management, paddock guide (PDF, 3MB)
    This paddock guide highlights the principles of ryegrass grazing management. It covers ryegrass identification, identifying growth stage based on leaf appearance, pre and post grazing measures and tools to assist in using this information and getting a good balance between pasture and animal performance. 

    Quality pasture silage, Five easy steps (PDF, 2MB)
    Making and feeding high quality silage with lower fibre levels encourages higher feed intakes and better cow performance. This booklet highlights five easy steps for making high quality temperate pasture silage. It complements the Ryegrass – spring grazing management, paddock guide.


    Richard Eckard - timing of nitrogen application



    More Richard Eckard videos in the 'Tactics' series:

    Efficiency of nitrogen
    Nitrogen-grown pasture versus purchased feed

    Nitrogen timing and rates fact sheet (PDF, 560KB)
    As rotations shorten in response to faster growth rates it becomes more important to get the timing right as the ideal window to maximise response narrows. This is also where the nitrogen rate should be reduced accordingly. Download your fact sheet here.

    Optimising feeding decisions fact sheet (PDF, 560KB)
    Feed cost decisions in a low milk price year are likely to be based on the “margins” that can be created and individual attitudes to spending and risk. The concept of creating “margin” relates to the question, “Am I willing to spend more, usually on supplements, but also on inputs such as fertiliser, to make a bit or a lot more money from an anticipated increase in production?” Download your fact sheet here.