Multispecies pastures day with Melbourne Uni- Tallandoon


Thursday, 20th June 2024

10:30AM - 1:30PM
LOCATION Tallandoon Fire station
2606 Omeo Highway
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Admit One / $0.00 AUD per person

Do multispecies pastures increase resilience of rainfed dairy systems?

Research on 11 commercial rainfed dairy farms across Victoria have been conducted by a team from the School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences at the University of Melbourne, working closely with Dairy Australia to investigate the production and environmental benefits that may be provided by use of multispecies dairy pastures in place of grass dominant pastures.

At this field day the project team from Melbourne Uni will report on the findings of a trial work that has commenced, with a focus on pasture resilience, particularly around the edges of the growing season and under periods of climate stress, and what this means for home-grown feed supply and pasture management. The team will report on annual and seasonal pasture production and quality, multispecies compositional changes, and soil health under the two pasture types. A case study based on the findings from the trial of predicted outcomes under varying climate scenarios will be presented, with economic considerations of utilising the two different pasture types.

We will then finish the day with a paddock walk, looking at mixed species crops in the local area

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