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Focus on Feeding

Focus on feeding Objective of the Event This event was held to give farmers a chance to learn about how the Singletons manage their successful dairy operation; what led them to make the change to the drylot system, their focus […]

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Alternative Winter Forages for a variable climate guide

Alternative Winter Forages for a variable climate guide A selection guide for Victorian dairy farmers On dairy farms, forages are thought about in a very different way today than they might have been in the past. Forages (pastures and crops) […]

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Self sufficiency is the key goal for the Harveys

Self sufficiency is the key goal for the Harveys In 2002, the Harvey’s dairy operation had grown to 380 cows following the construction of a 60-unit rotary and a succession of reasonable seasons. Ongoing drought conditions forced them to re-evaluate […]

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Solar: a better solution to inadequate power supply

Solar: a better solution to inadequate power supply The Dohnts undertook to upgrade their hot water supply after experiencing ongoing problems with the power supply to the dairy – the load placed by the vat, milking machine and roller mill […]

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Targeting low cost production with the changing seasons

Targeting low cost production with the changing seasons The Framptons have been farming on the same farm for six generations and more than 150 years. The farm has grown from 320 cows some five years ago, to 440 cows on […]

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Put money and resources into water and pasture systems

Put money and resources into water and pasture systems Ashgrove farms has dairy, cropping and beef operations as well as a cheese factory. They have two adjacent farms with about 50% of the milking area irrigated. The milk requirements for […]

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Faster irrigation improves water use efficiency

Faster irrigation improves water use efficiency Historically, the majority of the Bryants farm was permanent pasture, but over the past 10 years, reduced water allocations have seen an increased reliance on annually sown pastures and winter cereals. A few simple […]

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Selecting forages for a drying environment

Selecting forages for a drying environment Key lessons have been the poor survival of ryegrass over summer, that lower water allocations favour annual crops and lucerne, and that the emphasis must stay on grazed pastures for for low-cost production. Brendan […]

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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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