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Developing low risk high forage feeding systems.

Developing low risk high forage feeding systems

Project Focus

Queensland’s C4Milk research program is an initiative of Dairy Australia and the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The C4 milk research aims to improve the quality of pastures and crops to increase milk production from forage, increasing profit margins for dairy farmers by reducing their overall feed-related costs.

Led by the research team at the Gatton-based research dairy, a joint initiative of the University of Queensland and the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, C4Milk will run through to 2022.

There are three key areas that this project focuses on to assist northern dairy farmers to develop and implement efficient feeding systems that increase margin over feed costs (MOFC) on-farm:

  • Improve the quality of forage consumed – improvements in forage quality to increase intake and milk responses, therefore improving feed conversion efficiency and MOFC
  • Increased proportion of forage in the diet – increasing the proportion of forage in the diet from low cost home grown and purchased forages whilst maintain or increasing milk production to reduce feed related costs
  • Testing of low cost feeding systems – developing and testing forage and feeding systems that are low cost, easy to manage and resilient.

C4 Milk demonstration trial

The C4 milk project is focussed on increasing the profitability, productivity and sustainability of sub-tropical dairy farming systems. A key component of the C4 project is reducing feed costs for all classes of stock and optimising feed quality and quantity. Read the full article on pages 1-3 and page 4.

Lablab, a very cost-effective source of crude protein.

Lablab has traditionally been planted dryland with the purpose of growing feed for the autumn feed gap. It is now being rediscovered as both a dryland and irrigated pasture crop grown in much larger areas as a contributor of high quality forage for milkers between December and April. Read the full article on page 8.


Our Farm, Our Plan

Our Farm, Our Plan is a new program designed to equip farmers to clarify their long term goals, identify the actions needed and to manage uncertainty and risk.

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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