Get the best results from your feedbase by planning ahead. This tool is useful for calculating your feed and water requirements. Download it here.
Cereal crops are used in the Murray Dairy region to complement pastures through the winter period. Used effectively in a system, cereals can help to remediate soil constraints and control weeds. Cereals enable strategic use of irrigation water, being more tolerant of dry conditions than ryegrass. They are quick to graze and tolerate some grazing in wet conditions. Farmers in the region also cut cereal crops for hay and silage.
The key to optimising crop performance is preparation. Murray Dairy, with the support of the Accelerating Change project, has developed this guide for Winter Cereals, highlight key timing for decision-making and agronomic management.
The following videos and fact sheets about the set up for your Autumn Feedbase, can help start a discussion with your business partners, advisers or peers, working together to develop an effective approach for autumn.
A tight cash flow for many businesses can make setting up plans for Autumn this more difficult to implement without discussion with service providers (agronomists, seed merchants, trading stores and financial institutions) about how your plan can be actioned considering the current cash flow situation.
Autumn Start-up This handout from Murray Dairy and Agriculture Victoria includes information on feedbudgeting, water budgeting, soil preparation and agronomic considerations for a successful season.
Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.
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