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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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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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Adapting WestVic dairy farms to climate change

Reducing Emissions on WestVic dairy farms The Australian Government plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia by putting a price on carbon emissions and other measures such as the Carbon Farming Initiative and renewable energy targets. Emission sources on [...]

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What does climate change mean for dairying in Western Victoria

What does climate change mean for dairying in Western Victoria This Dairy Australia fact sheet explores the issues associated with climate change for the dairy industry in Western Victoria.  Topics include: What climate changes have already occurred? What can we [...]

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2030 and 2070 Pasture Predictions for Vasey

2030 and 2070 pasture predictions for Vasey Pasture predictions for the Vasey region are based on the assumption that although the pasture systems has become increasingly varied in recent years it is generally characterised by autumn sowing of perennial ryegrass [...]

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2030 and 2070 Pasture Predictions for Terang

2030 and 2070 pasture predictions for Terang Pasture predictions for the Terang region are based on the assumption that although the pasture systems has become increasingly varied in recent years it is generally characterised by autumn sowing of perennial ryegrass [...]

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Adapting Gippsland dairy farms to climate change

Adapting Gippsland dairy farms to climate change On-Farm Adaptation Strategies The impacts of a changing and more variable climate on dairy farming will require a range of on-farm strategies and solutions. This section identifies both positive and negative effects of [...]

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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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