The Derwent Valley is not a traditional dairying region, but it has an excellent water resource and some great farmers. This day highlighted some of the dairying innovations on a leading farmer in Southern Tasmania.
Grant and Melanie described their success with 3 milkings in 2 days. Their exceptional pasture and irrigation management comes from regularly walking paddocks with a pasture plate meter and using soil moisture monitoring equipment. They use feed budgeting and irrigation scheduling.
Grant and Melanie gave us a really practical insight into a broad range of simple innovations that save them money, time, energy and water. They are excellent dairy farmers who are continually refining what they are doing and adopting new technologies.
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