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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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