Future Ready Dairy Systems

Dairy Australia


Succeeding through the seasons Part 2 – Litchfield

Low rainfall and limited irrigation allocations have made dairying challenging for the Litchfields over the last 10 years. The key points from their feedlot operation include:

  • Investment in drylot ($280/cow) has allowed a move away from needing to irrigate perennial pasture over summer
  • Providing shade is a critical part of developing a drylot and has reduced the impact of heat stress
  • Maintaining the loafing area is another critical requirement for successful management of drylots
  • Forage quality is critical – poor quality affects profitability
  • Cows can be treated individually in this system

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