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.
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.
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.