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Solar hot water reduces costs in the dairy

Solar hot water reduces costs in the dairy With electricity costs set to rise by more than 60% over the next three years, Blenheim dairy farmers Mark and Joanne Seng are ensuring their business remains profitable by improving efficiencies and […]

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Turning water into milk

Turning water into milk The Kath’s produce 1.2m litres per year from 170 cows grazing 90ha with year round calving. As Andrew says, “True water use efficiency is about turning water into milk”. The stand out result from moving to […]

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Green cleaning

Green cleaning The potential water savings, allowing Steve to make the most of his limited but high quality water was a key driver for installing the new technology on his 400 cow dairy at Jindivic.  Power savings were an additional […]

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Calving pattern in a variable climate

Calving pattern in a variable climate Milking 200 cows at Airly in the Macalister Irrigation District has given Kane Smolenaars some significant management challenges as irrigation water has become less reliable over the last 10 years. This case study explores […]

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Feeding cows in a variable climate

Feeding cows in a variable climate The key points include: Long term records show a decline in rainfall for the Yarram area Despite the changes, perennial ryegrass will continue to be the main forage source Strategic use of supplement including […]

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Managing the changing climate

Managing the changing climate The strategies used by the Tracy’s to maintain consistent milk production during the challenging presented by a changing climate include: Autumn calving Making energy savings in the dairy Installing a feedpad to allow a wide range […]

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Fertiliser Management Plan For Rodwell Farms

Fertiliser Management Plan For Rodwell Farms The irrigated pastures at Rodwell Farms have been intensively fertilised (and monitored) on a rotational basis, and subsequent soil and plant tissue testing has been incorporated into the management regime. Soil samples have been […]

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Maximise your fertiliser $ with whole farm soil analysis and mapping

Maximise your fertiliser $ with whole farm soil analysis and mapping With fertilizer inputs accounting for the third highest input cost on dairy farms, after supplements and labour, it is critical you monitor and manage your fertilizer requirements. Whole farm […]

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An open mind to new ideas and different approaches to dairy farming

An open mind to new ideas and different approaches to dairy farming Since late 2007, the farm has been divided into 5 soil type areas and the principles of biological farming applied to each management area. Chemical fertilisers are still […]

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Estimated greenhouse gas emissions – Bartlett

Estimated greenhouse gas emissions – Bartlett The fact sheet explores: The use of DGAS, the dairy farm emissions calculator Pre-farm emissions associated with production inputs On-farm emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide Download the case study.

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