Future Ready Dairy Systems

Dairy Australia

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Sustainable autumn milk production Kennedys @ Conondale

The Kennedys run a largely pasture based dairy, and use the following strategies to maintain milk production during the challenging autumn period when heat stress and forage quality can undermine milk production:

  • Sprinklers are used to cool cows in the dairy yard
  • Grazing is focussed on shaded paddocks during the hottest conditions
  • Betaine is added to the grain mix in the dairy
  • Chicken manure has been used to improve soil conditions with subsequent impacts on pasture quality and milk production
  • A focus on good cow genetics
  • Calving is avoided from October to February

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