Dairy farmer update - spring 2014

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

Key tools, publications and info for spring 2014

Drought management

While spring conditions nationwide are generally good, northern NSW around Tamworth has been drought declared since last year, and North Coast and some South Coast farms are experiencing prolonged dry weather. Drought conditions continue to put pressure on Queensland dairy farmers. 

If you are in a drought area, check out our Feed Budgeting resources tips, and talk to your RDP or Extension coordinator because we can help you best manage through these conditions.

> Extension coordinator contacts

> Feed Budgeting resources tips

Also, consider joining a discussion group or starting one in your area. Dairy Australia has grants of up to $3,000 to help you set up.

> Dairy Australia funding for discussion groups

Spring focus on grazing management and silage

With good growing conditions in the rest of the country's dairy regions, this is the time to focus on grazing management and ways to make top quality silage to maximise your business profits.

> Practical application of grazing principles

> Ways to make top quality silage

> The Fert$mart program

For those regions experiencing wet conditions - keeping mastitis at bay

The second edition of the fully updated Countdown 2020 Farm Guidelines is now available. Farmers can order a free copy at this link:

> Countdown 2020 Farm Guidelines

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Australian Milk Quality Awards

In August Dairy Australia announced the nation's most consistent producers with the results of the 2014 Australian Milk Quality Awards. This year the top 100 received a durable gold plaque to display on their farm gates.

> Read about the winning farms here

Reducing energy costs 

Dairy Australia still has free on-farm energy assessments available to help you reduce your energy usage and costs. Over 900 dairy farmers have been through this program so far.

> Watch this video focusing on King Island dairy farmers and their experience with switching to solar energy

> Free energy assessments - how to apply

Stepping Stones – Career Pathways in the Dairy Industry

At the end of June a new Dairy Australia guide to industry careers and pathway planning called Stepping Stones was launched at DairyTAS. 

The guide highlights the many career pathways from entry level to senior farm roles that are available in the Australian dairy industry.

> Find out more about Stepping Stones

Two new dates for your diary:

Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum 2014: Investment, Innovation, Opportunity
On Monday 15th September, join us for our inaugural Dairy Farm Investment forum in Melbourne. This is an opportunity to share information, improve knowledge and understanding, network with peers, and explore business opportunities.
Registrations close on 5th September.

> The Dairy Australia Annual General Meeting for 2014 will be held on Friday 28th November. More details to come. 
Review the AGM for 2013 here


As the Legendairy campaign enters its second year, the focus is shifting to boosting your participation, giving farmers the tools and skills to be even better ambassadors for dairy. We’ll be using a new call to action to ‘start and end your day with dairy’ in months to come.