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Tools, resources and support for dairy farmers in the Murray region of northern Victoria and southern NSW to assist this season

Murray Dairy and Dairy Australia's Feed Planning response is supported by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. 


Free one-to-one consultations

All dairy businesses are able to access free, personalised one-to-one consultations on offer from Murray Dairy and Dairy Australia. These consultations will help assess your current situation and make short and long-term plans with the assistance of a trained consultant. 

Consultations could include: 

  • Feed or water budgeting
  • Nutrition planning
  • Evaluating different options for the coming season 
  • Preparing for EOFY
  • Reviewing your financial position
  • Planning for succession or exit 

Contact us for more information or to arrange a session.

Lachlan Barnes, Murray Dairy
E: lachlanb@murraydairy.com.au
P: (03) 5833 5312


Resources and Information

Missed our Advance your Autumn events? Hear from Extension Officer, Lisa Birrell, and Agronomist, Luke Nagle, about the options that were discussed to get the best return on your water going into autumn and spring. 

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    Dairy Feed Tools

    This complete feed management tool set has data from your region and helps with on-farm tasks including creating feed plans and setting up inventories. Sign up here.

    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. Click to download

    Murray Dairy Feed and Water Budget Tool 

    This back-of-the-envelope tool is a quick way to plan for feed and water needs for the coming season. Click to download

    Murray Dairy Business Tool  

    Using DairyBase data, this tool can be used for budget development and planning for the coming year. The tool will help you to assess the effect of adjustments to your business under different scenarios. Click to download the Murray Dairy Business Tool and User Manual.


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    Autumn and Winter

    Missed our Advance your Autumn events? Catch up on the key messages, covering the water outlook, global and domestic market trends, feed prices and tips for managing cereals and pastures in dry conditions. 

    Use the Accelerating Change Winter Cereals Timeline and Agriculture Victoria's Forage Cereal Guide to help select, prepare for and manage your cereals this autumn. 

    Check out Dairy Australia's Feed Planning website for factsheets on pasture renovation, cultivar selection and agronomic management. 

    Irrigating with groundwater

    Understand the short and long term impacts of groundwater and how to manage them. Download Agriculture Victoria's Groundwater factsheet

    Summer cropping options

    Check our Summer Cropping factsheets on Sorghum & Millet and Maize for things you should consider when planning for this season. 

    Use our Summer Crops Gross Margins calculator to work out the cost of production and the likely return on your crop (updated version 2018). Calculate the value of these feeds in terms of energy (MJ/$) by using this simple spreadsheet

    Hear from Murray Dairy Extension Officer, Lisa Birrell, and local agronomist, Brad Caldwell with the key messages from our Successful Summer Cropping workshops. 

    Conserving spring feed  

    Review our the Quality Pasture Silage - Five Easy Steps manual, outlining: 1) Cut early in the season; 2) Wilt quickly and harvest ASAP; 3) Compact as densely as possible; 4) Seal quickly and well; 5) Repair holes immediately. 

    Hear from silage expert, David Lewis, and Riverina farmer, Lachlan Marshall, about optimising this season's fodder through good management around harvest and conservation. 

    Making and feeding canola hay or silage 

    Download a copy of AgVic's factsheet on Cutting Failed Crops for Hay or Silage or hear from Kate Burke about things to consider when cutting, storing and feeding out canola fodder. 

    If you're baling or buying wet hay, review NSW DPI's factsheet on Preventing Hay Fires. It includes some tips for reducing the risk of combustion and for monitoring hay in warm weather. 

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    Assistance for farmers  

    Download this list of funding opportunities and services available to assist dairy farmers across Victoria and NSW. The list includes grants, low-interest loans, financial packages and other assistance available to all farmers, whether they are in drought affected areas or not. 

    Free one-to-one support  

    Free one-to-one consultations are available to help dairy farmers assess their current business position and make plans for their next steps. 

    Taking Stock is a free consultation with a trained adviser (of your choice). The consultation will help you work through key business decisions and identify actions to take this season. The sessions are confidential and personalised to address your individual situation.

    Transition Consultations with an AgBiz Assist adviser, are designed to help you scope and plan the next steps for your farm business, whether that be succession, expansion, exit or change in business structure. This is a single consultation but your adviser will point you in the right direction to continue your progress. These are also free, confidential sessions.

    To arrange a Taking Stock session or a Transition Consultation, contact Lachlan Barnes, Murray Dairy. 
    E: lachlanb@murraydairy.com.au 
    P: (03) 5833 5312

    Plan2Farm is a strategic business planning program run by the North Central CMA. A Workbook Adviser will guide you through a holistic program that considers all areas of your farm business to develop or refine an action plan for the future.

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    Murray Dairy extension services 

    We are partnering with other service providers to deliver programs to help you manage the season. To keep up to date with our upcoming extension delivery, sign up to our eNews or visit our Events Calendar

    Alternatively, contact one of our Extension Officers about specific inquiries across the program areas of: Animal Performance; Feedbase and Animal Nutrition; Land, Water & Climate; Farm Business Management and Animal Performance. 

    Discussion Groups

    Murray Dairy has over 25 Discussion Groups and Dairy Business Network groups, including five specifically for young farmers and newer entrants to the industry. Whilst some are closed groups, others are open to new members. Give us a call to find out what's happening in your area. 

    Dairy Australia also offers funding to new Discussion Groups. You can start one with others who farm locally or who share your business interests. Click here for information. 

    Local community events 

    Local community events are listed in our eNews and Events Calendar

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    The Occasional Counsellor for Service Providers

    The Occasional Counsellor workshops are designed for people who are not employed in a counselling role but are called upon to give others emotional support. The focus of the workshops is on teaching participants strategies for assisting individuals who are upset, stressed, angry or confused, whilst clearly remaining within their role. Murray Dairy is running a series of workshops. Check our Events Calendar or get in touch with us to find out more. 

    Mental health resources

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    Situation Reports 

    Situation Reports are produced regularly to provide up-to-date information about seasonal conditions, markets and other factors impacting on dairy businesses operating in the Murray region. Reports also highlight current and emerging issues for industry. 

    Download the latest copies here

    Outlooks & Forecasts 

    Information that may assist you in your business planning. 


    The Bureau of Meteorology's March to May Outlook 2019 covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. It includes a wrap-up of recent conditions and a look at which drivers are influencing our climate.


    The ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report for the March quarter contains the latest outlook for Australia's key agricultural commodities to 2023–24.

    Farm inputs

    Dairy Australia's Hay & Grain Report is regularly updated to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. 


    Review the latest Outlook for 2019-20 (15 February) Seasonal Water Determinations by the Northern Victorian Resource Manager. The next update will be issued 15 May, 2019. 


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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