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Farm System Adaptations

The dairy industry in the Murray region is undergoing significant transition as businesses adapt to reduced water availability, a changing climate, higher input costs, policy and market drivers.

The last fifteen years has seen a steady change in the dairy feedbase in the region, with increased annual pastures, cropping and fodder conservation in the mix, and an evolution to partial and total mixed ration (PMR and TMR) systems.

The future operating environment is likely to be characterised by increasing variability and volatility, requiring adaptive management at all levels. Farm businesses in the Murray Dairy region are taking different approaches to managing these changes based on a range of factors related to the business and to the people behind it.

With the support of local dairy businesses, Murray Dairy has developed some case studies on aspects of system change occurring in the region. These are not intended to be a blueprint for change, rather to provide examples of the different strategies that businesses are using to manage risk and volatility in the current environment.

Case studies:

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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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