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  • Copy Link Are you getting the most out of this Spring

    Are you getting the most out of this spring?
    While autumn and winter seem a very long way off, what you do now with what is left of spring will influence how well you get through next autumn and winter.

    Now is the time to be getting on nitrogen when you have soil moisture around (hopefully it has rained as the bureau has predicted). This is the one season where using nitrogen to “force” a surplus will come in beneficial. Fodder cuts around the state are not high which could impact on prices as we progress through the season. Having on hand home-grown fodder will be a real cost saving.

    The other home-grown feed option to look at is fodder crops. In situations with limited irrigation water a fodder crop can be the most efficient way to use it. However the window for getting a crop in is closing soon. Talk to your agronomist about what your options are.

    If you are concerned about how you are going to manage this season, or would like to make sure you have in place a good plan then DairyTas now has available Taking Stock visits for all dairy farmers.

    A Taking Stock visit is a free, confidential one on one visit from a consultant to discuss with you whatever aspect of your business you would like help with. To register for Taking Stock contact the DairyTas office on 6432 2233. We have available a list of registered consultants who are happy to come and chat with you and help you be planned and prepared for this season.




  • Copy Link Biosecurity steps to protect your farm



    Implementing these simple steps will help prevent pests and diseases coming onto your farm and protect your livelihood, industry and Tasmania. 

    Download the checklist here







  • Copy Link Cows Create Careers Presentation Days

    This week there have been three Cows Create Careers presentation days held across the state for the 25 schools that have participated in 2018.

    The largest presentation day held in Burnie, attracted 400 students from 10 schools in the North West Region, which is the largest presentation day in Australia.

    Thanks to the local farmers and Industry advocates who assisted with the schools, and the teachers from each school who demonstrated enthusiasm for the program.
    The program is designed to educate students about the dairy industry and careers that exist. Many of the students who undertake the program have little or no understanding of the size and scale of the Tasmanian Dairy industry and the opportunities it presents.

    The program has now been running nationally for over 15 years. In some cases farmers who are now supporting the schools were once part of the program when they were at school.

    Congratulations to all participants.






  • Copy Link Leadership Development Scholarships now Available



    Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved during #100daysforchange, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s farming and agriculture sector.

    The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

    The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women in the industry; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of 2018.

    Expressions of Interest
    Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to December 7, 2018 





  • Copy Link Pest Surveillance 2019
  • Copy Link Silage Harvesting

    Resources that can help you

    This season making the most silage that you can will be vital to helping keep your costs under control. Focusing on ensuring that you make quality silage is also important. There are 5 key steps to silage making that if followed can help ensure that your silage is the best quality that you can make it.

    Step 1:
    Cut Pastures Early – preferably at or near canopy closure or when it would typically be grazed by the herd.

    Step 2:
    Wilt and harvest as quickly as possible – aim to have silage cut, wilted and baled or stacked within 24 to 48 hours.

    Step 3:
    Compact forage as densely as possible – Fodder plus Oxygen equal compost. Fodder minus Oxygen equals silage.

    Step 4:
    Seal well to keep out all oxygen – especially for stacks ensure they are well sealed not just covered.

    Step 5:
    Repair any holes immediately – use the correct silage tape, making sure that the tape colour matches the colour of the wrap plastic.

    Dairy Australia also has a couple of very handy videos on making silage on their YouTube channel. Some highlights for the season include:

    Seven tips for better quality silage
    Nutrition consultant David Lewis and NSW dairy farmer Lachlan Marshall run through their quick tips for better quality silage (4 mins).

    Cost of Production

    Understand what Cost of Production is, how to calculate it and what you can do to control your cost of production (3 mins).


    Check out other Dairy Australia videos on a wide range of topics on their YouTube Channel.


    Also check out the Feed Shortage 2018 website. There is heaps of fact sheets there that could be of use to you.


  • Copy Link Solar Panel Considerations

    Some farmers are looking at solar panel options with the Tasmanian Government funding currently available.  Go here to see the information

    Seek professional advice and install quality equipment that can be retrofitted to battery systems when they become affordable for dairy sheds.   Unless you have the right PV system installed initially, you won’t be able to add a battery system in the future.
    Please contact Rachel Brown on 0409 333 381, if you would like contact details for contractors able to provide advice and installations.

    If you are looking to put up a new shed to mount solar panels, make sure the shed is structural for the weight of the panels. Seek professional advice on the structural requirements for roof mounting. Ground mount systems are an option, but for large systems, they occupy a large ground area and stock/machinery access and weeds will need to be managed.

    Some general info about solar panels on dairy farms is available here



  • Copy Link What are the sources of greenhouse gases on dairy farms

    The picture below shows an approximate breakdown of sources of greenhouse gases on dairy farms. Around 55% of dairy emissions come from enteric methane produced by methanogen bacteria in the rumen.
    This methane is burped out by cows as part of the rumination process.
    Nitrous oxide is emitted in the breakdown of nitrogen from dung and urine deposited in the paddock and N fertiliser applied to the paddock.
    Nitrous oxide and methane are also produced from effluent systems.

    Annual emissions in context
    Average emissions for a pasture based, 400-500 cow dairy farm are around 2,500 t CO2e per annum.
    This is roughly equivalent to the emissions from a jumbo jet flying Melbourne to London return. To compare farms producing differing amounts of milk, emissions intensity is calculated by dividing total emissions by the amount of fat and protein corrected milk (FPCM; standard of 4.0% fat and 3.3% protein).
    An average pasture based dairy farm with 400-500 cows has emissions intensity in the order of 1 kg CO2e/ kg FPCM, which is similar to 1 kg CO2e/ L milk or 13.5 kg CO2e/ kg MS.


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