Future Ready Dairy Systems

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Succeeding through the seasons Part 1 – Kydd

There has been a steady decline in rainfall over this period and irrigation allocations have been low leading to many changes in the Kydd’s farming system. The key points from their operation include:

  • Irrigated pasture continues to be the main source of feed
  • More land has been purchased to reduce the risk of exposure to the forage market in times of drought
  • Silage is the main form of stored forage
  • Cow numbers are flexible and will be reduced if the business becomes too reliant on bought-in forage
  • Heat stress is managed by keeping the cows closer to the dairy to reduce walking and offering more supplements

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