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Australian's fodder market continues to be tight. Plan ahead and make informed decisions with these tools and resources.

Dairy Australia has resources available to support farmers. Ranging from feed planning and budgeting, to the latest market information. When hay and grain prices are high, nitrogen can be a relatively cheap source of additional feed. Read our fact sheet and watch the video below on how to maximise spring feed with nitrogen.

Using Nitrogen to maximise spring feed

Tools and Resources

To find out more about the current situation and relevant tools that can assist you to plan, prepare and act for spring and the year ahead we have provided the following resources.

  • Copy Link Planning and budgeting

    Dairy Feed Tools (online)

    Plan and track your farm's feed requirements costs and other resources using Dairy Feed Tools. This complete feed management toolset has data from your region and helps with on-farm tasks including creating feed plans, set up inventories. Sign up to start using Dairy Feed Tools online now.

    Feed budgeting excel tool

    Download this feed budgeting tool to help you review your feed supply and demand over a 3, 6, 9 and 12 month period - so you can make strong tactical decisions around feeding cows. 2018 Feed Budgeting Tool. (ZIP, 1.45MB)

    Supported by Excel for: Windows 2010, 2013 and 2016. Apple 2011, 2016. Note: Mobile devices including smartphones and tablets may not be fully compatible.

  • Copy Link Hay and grain prices

    Updated: 10 August 2018

    Next update: 17 August 2018

    Parts of Australia continue to experience dry conditions and fodder supplies are tight.

    Dairy Australia regularly releases the Hay Report and the Grain Report to inform farmers of regional Australian prices of hay and grain as well as supply and demand reporting.

  • Copy Link Regional extension activities and services

    RDPs are the place to go for information about what's happening in your region. Contact your local RDP to find out about available training, workshops, events and resources.

    Murray Dairy
    Ph: 03 5833 5312
    Email: admin@murraydairy.com.au
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    Dairy NSW
    Ph: 02 4655 0737
    Email: info@dairynsw.com.au
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    Ph: 08 8766 0127
    Email: info@dairysa.com.au
    DairySA logo
    Ph: 03 6432 2233
    Email: j.price@dairytas.net.au
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    WestVic Dairy
    Ph: 03 5557 1000
    Email: esther@westvicdairy.com.au
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    Subtropical Dairy
    Ph: 0431 197 479
    Email: brad@subtropicaldairy.com.au
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    Western Dairy
    Ph: 0429 110 485
    Email: kirk.reynolds@westerndairy.com.au 
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    Ph: 03 5624 3900
    Email: executiveassistant@gippsdairy.com.au 
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  • Copy Link Weather, water, feed and fertiliser

    The Production Inputs Monitor gives you monthly updates on core farm inputs including:

    • water
    • hay and grain
    • fertiliser and;
    • weather

    Review the key points from the latest monitoring and download the current issue here.

    When hay and grain prices are high, nitrogen can be a relatively cheap source of additional feed. Read our fact sheet on how to maximise spring feed with nitrogen.

  • Copy Link Climate outlook, weather forecasts

    The ENSO Wrap-up - from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), The ENSO Wrap-up reports on the current El Nino situation and forecasts the likely effects in our region.

    BOM's Seasonal Outlook - This four minute video looks at current climate conditions and predicts weather conditions for the next three months' watch this quarter's Seasonal Outlook.

  • Copy Link Your health and wellbeing

    Facts up front

    • Every year, one in five Australians (aged 16-85) experience a mental health issue
    • Every year, 14% of Australian experience some form of anxiety
    • 17% of Australian women and 10% of Australian men experience depression symptoms in their lifetime

    If you are concerned about yourself, a family member, co-worker or friend download this fact sheet on emotional resilience and providing support (PDF, 410KB).

    Speak to someone

    National Centre for Farmer Health

    Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

    Rural Financial Counseling Service
    1800 686 175

    Lifeline: 13 11 14

    Beyondblue: 1300 224 636

    Black Dog Institute

    Headspace: 1800 650 890

  • Copy Link Government assistance packages

    Australian Government and State Government assistance packages

    The Australian Government and State Governments with regions affected by dry conditions, have made assistance packages available to farmers, listed here nationally and by state.

    Australian Government assistance

    The Australian Government has a number of assistance programs available to farmers. For more information, visit supporting farmers and rural communities.

    A list of key drought assistance contacts within the Australian Government, as well as for each State and Territory, is available here: Drought assistance contacts.

    Regional Investment Corporation
    Provides drought loans of up to $1 million for farm business owners affected by drought, or who want to prepare for drought.
    More info: Drought loans

    Farm Household Allowance
    The Farm Household Allowance provides up to four cumulative years of support for eligible farmers and farmers’ partners experiencing financial hardship. This package includes the opportunity to undertake a Farm Financial Assessment, Financial Improvement Agreement and additional activity supplements of up to $4,000.
    More info: Farm Household Allowance

    Rural Financial Counselling Service
    Provides free financial counselling to farmers who are suffering financial hardship.
    More info: Rural Financial Counselling Service

    Managing weeds and pest animals
    Provides funding to help manage the effects of pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas.
    More info: Pest and weed management

    Managing Farm Risk Program
    Provides one-off rebates of up to $2,500 (including GST) for advice and assessments to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy.
    More info: Managing Farm Risk Program

    Taxation measures
    Provides assistance for drought-affected taxpayers across regional, rural and metropolitan areas to manage their tax.
    More info: ATO Drought help

    NSW Government assistance

    The NSW Government has created DroughtHub, an online one-stop-shop to assist farmers in navigating their Emergency Drought Relief Package.
    More info: DroughtHub

    At DroughtHub the NSW assistance programs include:

    • Emergency Drought Relief Package
    • Transport and animal welfare
    • Finance
    • Management information
    • Wellbeing
    • Skills and training

    It also includes latest NSW drought maps, research and development and case studies.

    Queensland Government assistance

    The Queensland Government provides drought assistance for primary producers such as dairy farmers, for more information visit Drought assistance for primary producers.

    Drought Relief Assistance scheme (DRAS)
    Provides $20,000 per financial year (or $30,000 with an endorsed drought management plan by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) for fodder freight, water freight, and emergency water infrastructure purchase and installation.

    After a drought declaration has been revoked you may also be eligible for a livestock transport subsidy for animals purchased for restocking or livestock returning from agistment.
    More info: Drought Relief Assistance Scheme

    Electricity Charges Scheme
    Provides waived or reimbursed supply charges used to pump water for farm or irrigation purposes.
    More info: Drought Relief from Electricity Charges Scheme

    Land rent rebates
    Provides rural lease holders where rent is more than $235 with a 12% rebate.
    More info: Drought assistance land rent rebate

    Water license waivers
    Means annual water licence fees or new water licence applications for stock or domestic use may be waived.
    More info: Other drought rebates and fee relief

    Counselling services for drought-affected communities
    Provides support from professional financial counsellors and mental health services.
    More info: Counselling services for drought-affected communities

    Victorian Government assistance

    The Victorian Government supports Victorian dairy farmers to prepare and respond to drought. This includes technical, financial and personal support, for more information visit Drought support.

    Farm Debt Mediation
    Makes it compulsory for banks and other creditors to offer mediation to Victorian farmers before commencing debt recovery proceedings on farm mortgages.
    More info: Farm Debt Mediation Scheme


Dairy Feed tools

Dairy Feed Tools is a complete feed management toolset for dairy farmers and managers. Feed planning, cost and resource management backed by Australian feed and pasture data to most accurately reflect the needs of your herd.

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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