Dairy farmer update - summer 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 summer 2014/15


Planning for summer - feed decisions and tips

One of the things that has become clear in the last month when travelling in the regions is that weather this summer is making it a very mixed bag. Large parts of Victoria and Tasmania are experiencing good conditions but Queensland, South Australia, West Vic and northern New South Wales are in various stages of potential drought.

While planning for feed is business as usual, with the fodder market tightening, the feed decisions you make now will have even bigger implications for your business profitability throughout the New Year. Take a look at our fact sheets about feed decisions and tips about how to best manage your business when margins are tight.


Dairy Farm Monitor Project

The Dairy Farm Monitor Project reports for 2013-14 have been updated, and are building up into a truly national picture.


Taking care of our cows over the hot summer months

Taking the best care of our second most important investment, our cows, becomes even more important in summer when heat stress can become a problem affecting not only production yield but cow heath. Take advantage of the resources and tools on the Dairy Australia (DA) Cool Cows website which has a great new feature developed from your feedback, an upgraded weather forecast and alert service.


Summer is also timely to remind you of the excellent suite of Heifers on Target tools available. If your discussion groups is interested in learning more on this topic by having a speaker, contact your local RDP or Dairy Australia Regional Extension Coordinator to help organise an event.


GippsDairy facial eczema pasture spore monitoring program

 One piece of news specifically for Gippsland farmers: The GippsDairy Facial Eczema pasture spore monitoring program, which I know is very valuable from talking to farmers, will recommence in January. Check out the link if you are interested:



Developing skills and opportunities in our industry

We are improving our skill-based with programs like Stepping Stones and always seeking to find excellent new people to our growing industry. The Employment Made Easy (eME) program, a service to help employers and potential employees in dairy, is expanding. Originally in Gippsland, eME is now in Tasmania and will soon be at WestVic Dairy and in South Australia.




Start and end your day with dairy campaign

In February, Legendairy will be launching ‘Start and end your day with dairy’ a campaign timed for the back-to-school period, so watch out for a great new burst of TV digital and outdoor advertising.