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Smarter Energy Use

Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms Project Summary In 2012, Dairy Australia received $1 million in funding from the Department of Industry and Science to deliver the project ‘Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms’, aimed at helping dairy farmers [...]

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High Power Use Britnells @ Koroit

High Power Use Glenn and Roma Britnell, Koroit, Victoria The Britnell’s dairy at Koroit was an early recipient of an energy assessment in 2012 as part of the Dairy Australia and Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism project ‘Smarter energy [...]

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Renewable Energy Options Easleas @ Dayboro

Renewable Energy Options When southeast Queensland dairy farmers Greg and Jenny Easlea started looking at energy saving options for their dairy, they had the greatest interest in new measures that would have a payback period of less than five years. [...]

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Riverina Study Tour

Riverina Study Tour Objectives of the Event To give South Australian farmers the opportunity to learn how farmers in the Riverina have adapted their businesses to adapt to Climate Variability. Reflections on the Event The focus on what makes a [...]

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Optimise energy use in your Dairy Shed

Optimise energy use in your Dairy Shed Objectives of the Event To help farmers identify if they are using too much electricity. Could farmers reduce their electricity use or costs or both. Reflections on the Event Most participants requested access to a farm [...]

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Getting Fertiliser Management Right

Getting Fertiliser Management Right Objectives of the Event Getting the right balance between input costs, production returns and environmental outcomes is a balancing act.  Case study of how John and Wendy Wilson “Beaufield” have approached their fertiliser management, plus discussion [...]

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Clearing the Carbon Confusion

Clearing the Carbon Confusion Objectives of Event What does climate change and carbon policy actually mean for dairy farmers? David Griffin (DPIV Policy Manager) and Neil Baker (Macalister Demonstration Farm) discussed responses to the impact of carbon pricing and options [...]

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Irrigating the Pasture, Powering the Dairy

Irrigating the Pasture, Powering the Dairy Objectives of the Event A FRDS field day was held at Ashgrove Farms “Hawthorn” property to officially launch the farm’s mini hydro scheme. This mini hydro is Tasmania’s first grid connect mini-hydro scheme running [...]

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Consistently Profitable in a Variable Climate

Consistently Profitable in a Variable Climate Objective of the Event How good and how bad could the seasons be and how do we cope? (Richard Rawnsley, dairy researcher, TIA) What are the key management issues and strategies used to ensure [...]

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Watts in the Dairy Shed

Watts in the Dairy Shed Objectives of Event These events were aimed at: giving farmers strategies to reduce the energy consumption of their existing dairy plant, and when considering future equipment purchases, how to prioritise which of the various energy [...]

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