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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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Targeting low cost production with the changing seasons

Targeting low cost production with the changing seasons The Framptons have been farming on the same farm for six generations and more than 150 years. The farm has grown from 320 cows some five years ago, to 440 cows on […]

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Put money and resources into water and pasture systems

Put money and resources into water and pasture systems Ashgrove farms has dairy, cropping and beef operations as well as a cheese factory. They have two adjacent farms with about 50% of the milking area irrigated. The milk requirements for […]

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Faster irrigation improves water use efficiency

Faster irrigation improves water use efficiency Historically, the majority of the Bryants farm was permanent pasture, but over the past 10 years, reduced water allocations have seen an increased reliance on annually sown pastures and winter cereals. A few simple […]

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Selecting forages for a drying environment

Selecting forages for a drying environment Key lessons have been the poor survival of ryegrass over summer, that lower water allocations favour annual crops and lucerne, and that the emphasis must stay on grazed pastures for for low-cost production. Brendan […]

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Turning water into milk

Turning water into milk The Kath’s produce 1.2m litres per year from 170 cows grazing 90ha with year round calving. As Andrew says, “True water use efficiency is about turning water into milk”. The stand out result from moving to […]

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Better Use of Effluent and Fertilisers on an Irrigated Dairyfarm

Better Use of Effluent and Fertilisers on an Irrigated Dairyfarm Objective of the event The main objective of the field day was to show what farmers are doing to prepare themselves for an uncertain future in light of variable weather […]

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How much water do I need/use on farm?

How much water do I need/use on farm? This fact sheets helps dairy farmers calculate their water requirements for: Stock drinking water Dairy shed washdown and equipment cleaning Incidental water use Water sourcing options are also briefly explored. Download document.

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Green cleaning

Green cleaning The potential water savings, allowing Steve to make the most of his limited but high quality water was a key driver for installing the new technology on his 400 cow dairy at Jindivic.  Power savings were an additional […]

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Calving pattern in a variable climate

Calving pattern in a variable climate Milking 200 cows at Airly in the Macalister Irrigation District has given Kane Smolenaars some significant management challenges as irrigation water has become less reliable over the last 10 years. This case study explores […]

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