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Regionally-specific feedbase tips and information for the Murray Dairy region.

Murray Dairy Feedbase

Seasonal feedbase information for the Murray Dairy region. 

Resources
Feed and Water Budget Tool

Topics

Winter cropping

Summer cropping

Optimising maize silage

Autumn feedbase

Videos
Irrigation and pasture management

 

Feed and Water Budget Tool

Get the best results from your feedbase by planning ahead. This tool is useful for calculating your feed and water requirements. Download it here

 

Winter cropping

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.

Download the Winter Cropping Timeline.

For more information on winter and forage cereals, visit the winter cropping section of our Cropping page on the Accelerating Change website.

 

Summer cropping

Plan, prepare and get the agronomics right (particularly at critical stages of growth!). Develop a summer feedbase that meets the needs of your farm. 

For an overview of what you should consider for Summer Cropping, and the range of resources available to help you, click here: 

Maize Summer Cropping Reminder - Fact Sheet

Sorghum and Millet Summer Cropping Reminder - Fact Sheet

Hear from soil scientist, Christian Bannan, about soil preparation for summer cropping 

 

Optimising Maize Silage through good harvest management

Get the best from your maize, in terms of quality and yield, by getting harvest and storage right. The Accelerating Change Project - Successful Summer Cropping page is a good place to start, and includes techniques for testing harvest quality and stack density. 

Autumn feedbase

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.

Download the Autumn Start-up factsheet

 
Autumn Sowing
Lisa Birrell discusses sowing to temperature to maximise your autumn pasture growth.

Download the Autumn Sowing factsheet


Achieving successful pasture establishment
The basics of growing a profitable crop

Download the Achieving successful pasture establishment factsheet

 
Winter Cereals Timeline

This agronomic timeline highlights key steps in the use of winter cereals - from ground preparation through to grazing or harvest. 

Download the Winter Cereals Timeline


Using irrigation water to establish pasture and crops

Discusses valuing water for autumn sowing

 

Achieving successful pasture management
The basics of growing a good crop

 

 

 

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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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