Tips & advice for the summer season...

Play the video above to get an update on the latest dairy news and developments from Dairy Australia Managing Director Ian Halliday

FARM FOCUS

Summer pasture management – the focus is on residuals

Maintain residuals of at least 1,500 kg DM/ha (4 cm) with some green material over summer as this will help summer survival and autumn regrowth to build the feed wedge. See the full fact sheet for details.

> Grazing management (PDF)

Late sown summer crop options – consider sorghum or millet

Sorghum and millet are fast establishing and tolerate late sowing and moisture stress better than other summer crop options such as forage brassicas.

> Grazing management (PDF)

Feed budgeting

Guesstimates aren’t good enough. You need a feed budget to ensure that you know what quantity of feed you need each month to produce the monthly volumes of milk you require to generate budgeted milk income and profit. Ensure your feed budget is based on realistic assumptions and makes allowance for feed wastage. 

> Buying feed fact sheet (PDF)

Save $$$ and secure your fodder early

With low carry-over fodder reserves both on farm and in the supply chain there is likely to be strong demand for purchased fodder this season and depending on the spring harvest supply may get tight in late summer and autumn. As fodder prices are always cheapest ‘off the back of the baler’, getting into the market early and securing at least some of your fodder requirements is a good management strategy.

More information regarding the hay and grain markets is available in the hay and grain report

Sourcing feed

At first glance, buying direct from a grain or fodder producer to save costs versus from a feed trader or merchant looks attractive, but it needs careful consideration. In making the choice between a ‘direct’ purchase farm-to-farm versus a ‘trade’ purchase, you must consider both ‘contract management‘ as well as ‘physical movement’ issues when sourcing grain or fodder. Supply chain costs, market volatility and supplier risk must also be considered. 

> Buying feed fact sheet (PDF)

Purchase on quality not price

When assessing a feed to buy, the first thing to check, if possible, is its physical quality, making sure that you have a representative sample. What does it look like? Is it too wet or too dry, too fine or too coarse? Does it have an unusual odour? 

> Buying feed fact sheet (PDF)

2012/13 Dairy Farm Monitor reflects tight year 

The 2012/13 Dairy Farm Monitor Project report, now in its seventh year, is funded by your levy through Dairy Australia and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, and is now available.

> Farm profitability statistics

Countdown Mastitis Toolkit app for improving udder health

Dairy Australia’s mastitis app for iPhone and android received nearly 600 downloads in the first month since it was launched on 27 September, and 690 by early November.

> Countdown app

New guide to synchrony programs for dairy herds

The new factsheet “Guide to synchrony programs for dairy herds” provides a broad overview of the main synchrony methods. This guide outlines the pros and cons of the different synchrony programs in terms of costs, the resources required and complexity of management and outcomes.

> Guide to synchrony programs for dairy herds 

Are you ready for summer?

As some regions have already experienced, hot, dry and windy days can lead to summer fires and create a risky time for you and your business.

> Bushfires 

Employment Starter Kit initiative ESKi

A key issue in attracting and retaining people on dairy farms is employment practices. To access Dairy Australia’s people management resources visit www.thepeopleindairy.org.au.  

We’ve been busy bringing Legendairy to life on both a national and regional level. Our Legendairy commercials have not only been seen and heard by millions on TV and radio, but have also been watched a combined 124,000 times on YouTube. Nearly 4500 people are also following Legendairy updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are a few of the highlights.

     
 

Legendairy billboards hit the road

As part of the Legendairy campaign, you might have seen one of three outdoor advertisements that were placed in 63 regional and urban sites for four weeks in October.

The flag is flying in Cobden and at state and regional shows

In late October, Cobden became the first town in Australia to fly the Legendairy flags, which highlight the pride and importance of the dairy industry to the town and the surrounding region.  

321 GO! Children run for health, fitness and fun in Burnie

Over a thousand children enjoyed a fun run and Legendairy treats at the Health Care Insurance 321 GO! event in Burnie, Tasmania, on 27 October.

For more on Legendairy visit www.legendairy.com.au.