Future Ready Dairy Systems

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Sustainable Autumn Milk Production

Objective of the event

To discuss autumn milk production issues including nutrition, animal health and heat stress with experienced extension staff and other farmers. The discussion was followed by a farm walk to see first hand practical applications of adaption strategies.

Key Messages

Shade sheds, sprinklers in the dairy yard and delayed afternoon milking times are cost effective adaption strategies for heat stress.

Better water scheduling produces more tonnage and a better quality crop with less water.

An even calving pattern provides more milk in Autumn when fresh milk supplies are in demand.

Reflections on the Event

Over 30 people attended the field day. “Sustainable Autumn Milk Production” case studies were prepared for 3 neighbouring farms prior to the field day and formed the basis of discussions. The field day also addressed herd management issues following an extremely wet summer in QLD. Farmers appreciated the opportunity to see infrastructure and management strategies first hand during the visit to 3 local farms.

Quotes and Feedback from Attendees

“Information was well presented”, “I will be installing shade and sprinklers at the dairy after today”, “It’s great to discuss different ideas and ways of doing things”, “Farmer discussion groups always work well”, “The information on cow nutrition and feeding was valuable”, “I will be getting my milking machines tested ASAP to resolve mastitis issues”, “I need to focus more on hoof care for wet weather management”, “It’s good to discuss common issues with other farmers”, “It’s valuable comparing different systems on different farms”, “Group interaction and the question/answer session were most valuable”, “Getting an update on heat stress management and mastitis issues were the most valuable part of the day”