To discuss the place of feed pad in South Gippsland’s dairy farm systems
To show case dairy feed pads, allowing farmers to learn from one another
To understand how feed pads can assist in managing climate variability – wet & dry seasons
After the wet conditions of 2011 many dairy farmers in the Gippsland region are considering a feed pad for their farming system
Feed pads are useful to minimise soil & pasture damage during wet periods, allowing cows & machinery time off waterlogged paddocks
Feed pads may be used in dry periods to minimise feed wastage as well as soil & pasture damage
More than 100 people attended two feed pad tours during February 2012 in the South Gippsland region. There was great interest in the subject following extremely wet conditions during the Autumn & Winter period of 2011. Six farms opened their gates allowing fellow dairy farmers to learn from their experiences in planning, building & operating feed pads within their farm systems.