Future Ready Dairy Systems

Dairy Australia

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Sustainable autumn milk production Rodericks @ Harrisville

The strategies used by the Roderick family to maintain consistent milk production during the challenging autumn period when low dry matter intake (due to heat stress and low forage quality) is hard to maintain. Their strategies include:

  • Effective shade shed over feed pad to minimise heat stress
  • Sprinklers in the dairy yard to cool cows down
  • Delayed milking on hot afternoons
  • Maximise feed quality with high quality silage fed year round
  • Scheduling irrigations to maximise forage production and quality
  • Year round calving to give a flatter milk production pattern
  • Careful monitoring and recording of reproduction

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