Future Ready Dairy Systems

Dairy Australia


Succeeding through the seasons Part 1 – Litchfield

Low rainfall and limited irrigation allocations have made dairying challenging for the Litchfields over the last 10 years. Climate variability has resulted in a change in the farm and the farming system, including:

  • More land was purchased to increase the area available for growing feed.
  • Pastures are grazed from April to November, but the milking herd is confined to the feedpad and fed a PMR from December to March.
  • Summer forage crops, such as maize and lucerne, are now being grown for hay and silage.
  • When water is too expensive, abandon pasture early, otherwise it will end up being expensive feed.
  • Focus on quality – poor-quality feed ends up costing you.

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