Nutrient management can boost your farm business profits. Dairy Australia works with various industry and natural resource management partners to help dairy farmers manage fertiliser application and associated soil health and effluent issues.
Many farmers who get soil and fertiliser management ‘right’ can produce more feed at no extra cost.
With careful planning, fertiliser becomes a strategic tool to boost feed when it’s most needed. Fert$mart provides farmers and advisors with a planning approach and the know-how to achieve this.
Fertsmart - Dairying for tomorrow (external link)
Effluent and manure management
The benefits of good effluent management include:
- Saving money on bought fertilizer.
- Soil conditioning properties from the organic matter.
- Improved soil moisture-holding capacity.
- Better nutrient-holding capacity.
- More productive pasture.
A playlist of short video clips on effluent management is available on the DA Youtube channel here.
Effluent and Manure Management Database for the Australian Dairy Industry
The Effluent and Manure Management Database for the Australian Dairy Industry has scientifically validated technical information on dairy effluent management for all Australian dairying regions.
This information underpins state and regional guidelines on dairy effluent management, technical and farmer-based extension programs and educational material. It includes:
- On-farm effluent designs.
- Principles for effective effluent management.
- Design criteria for components of effluent containment and reuse systems.
- Decision support systems and relevant tools.
Visit the Dairying for tomorrow website.
Directory of accredited providers
Agriculture Victoria maintains a directory of accredited private sector providers who provide effluent design services for dairy farmers.
Anaerobic digesters are attracting interest among dairy farmers. However research to date suggests they are unlikely to be viable for pasture based dairy systems.