Green drought devastates coastal dairies

The grass on Jason Maloney’s dairy farm might look green, but it isn’t growing.
The grass on Jason Maloney’s dairy farm might look green, but it isn’t growing.
Wet muddy weather can lead to an increase in environmental mastitis cases, especially if cows are calving or lying in contaminated boggy areas.
27 Jul 18 Wet muddy weather can lead to an increase in environmental mastitis cases, especially if cows are calving or lying in contaminated boggy areas.
A well-established dairy business in South Gippsland, Victoria, has recently undergone rapid generational and operational change but it is management as usual.
27 Jul 18 A well-established dairy business in South Gippsland, Victoria, has recently undergone rapid generational and operational change but it is management as usual.
A $2.7 million upgrade to its Woolnorth, Tasmania, dairy The Gums will enable Moon Lake to increase the farm’s capacity and efficiency.
26 Jul 18 A $2.7 million upgrade to its Woolnorth, Tasmania, dairy The Gums will enable Moon Lake to increase the farm’s capacity and efficiency.
Farmgate milk prices will not be the only way that Fonterra competes for farmers’ milk supply, Fonterra Australia managing director Rene Dedonker says.
26 Jul 18 Farmgate milk prices will not be the only way that Fonterra competes for farmers’ milk supply, Fonterra Australia managing director Rene Dedonker says.
Major dairy industry players such as Bega and Saputo have joined forces with Monash University to utilise new drying technologies to extend the life and improve the quality of powdered dairy products.
26 Jul 18 Major dairy industry players such as Bega and Saputo have joined forces with Monash University to utilise new drying technologies to extend the life and improve the quality of powdered...
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition intensifies doubts about long-standing recommendations to avoid full-fat dairy products for a healthy heart.
25 Jul 18 A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition intensifies doubts about long-standing recommendations to avoid full-fat dairy products for a healthy heart.
With hay season approaching, it's worth checking the hay baler before heading out into the paddock.
25 Jul 18 With hay season approaching, it's worth checking the hay baler before heading out into the paddock.
A group of Western Australian scientists have made a promising start to developing a vaccine for mastitis.
24 Jul 18  1 A group of Western Australian scientists have made a promising start to developing a vaccine for mastitis.
University of Melbourne research has shown nitrification inhibitors, used with standard fertiliser rates, were ineffective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
23 Jul 18 University of Melbourne research has shown nitrification inhibitors, used with standard fertiliser rates, were ineffective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia’s biggest dairy processor says a mandatory code of conduct for the industry should be managed by dairy industry bodies and the supplier community but is concerned about the cost impact on business operations.
23 Jul 18 Australia’s biggest dairy processor says a mandatory code of conduct for the industry should be managed by dairy industry bodies and the supplier community but is concerned about the...
Tributes have flooded in from national and local dairy industry leaders for John Harlock who died on Monday.
19 Jul 18 Tributes have flooded in from national and local dairy industry leaders for John Harlock who died on Monday.
A major New Zealand manufacturer, packer and exporter of dairy and nutrition blended products, Keytone Dairy Corporation, has listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
19 Jul 18 A major New Zealand manufacturer, packer and exporter of dairy and nutrition blended products, Keytone Dairy Corporation, has listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Bega Cheese confirmed on Wednesday it will be the new owner of the former Murray Goulburn Koroit factory.
18 Jul 18 Bega Cheese confirmed on Wednesday it will be the new owner of the former Murray Goulburn Koroit factory.
The head of one of Australia’s biggest dairy processors has given qualified support to a mandatory dairy code.
16 Jul 18 The head of one of Australia’s biggest dairy processors has given qualified support to a mandatory dairy code.
Controlling mastitis using Dairy Australia's Cups On Cups Off (COCO) principles around has paid dividends for Gippsland dairyfarmer Matt Coleman.
16 Jul 18 Controlling mastitis using Dairy Australia's Cups On Cups Off (COCO) principles around has paid dividends for Gippsland dairyfarmer Matt Coleman.
The head of Canadian dairy giant Saputo has defended the company’s opening milk price – described by one dairyfarmer as ‘dismal’.
13 Jul 18 The head of Canadian dairy giant Saputo has defended the company’s opening milk price – described by one dairyfarmer as ‘dismal’.
A fall of five per cent in the latest Global Dairy Trade index – the largest in 15 months – was not entirely unexpected, according to market analysts.
12 Jul 18 A fall of five per cent in the latest Global Dairy Trade index – the largest in 15 months – was not entirely unexpected, according to market analysts.
Dairyfarmers say the Federal Government’s new Milk Price Index is a good start, but processor’s costs need to be included in the new market information tool.
11 Jul 18 Dairyfarmers say the Federal Government’s new Milk Price Index is a good start, but processor’s costs need to be included in the new market information tool.
At the Dornauf family dairy at Moltema, Tasmania, one person can milk 600 cows.
10 Jul 18 At the Dornauf family dairy at Moltema, Tasmania, one person can milk 600 cows.
Consumers will be the eventual losers if supermarkets stick with their $1-a-litre milk price, says outgoing NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen.
10 Jul 18 Consumers will be the eventual losers if supermarkets stick with their $1-a-litre milk price, says outgoing NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen.
DAIRY farmers should be better able to understand and interpret commodity market price signals following the launch of the new Milk Price Index.
09 Jul 18  1 DAIRY farmers should be better able to understand and interpret commodity market price signals following the launch of the new Milk Price Index.
Harvey Norman's disastrous foray into dairy farming is coming to an end with agency Elders appointed to sell the entire Coomboona dairies operation in Victoria.
09 Jul 18 Harvey Norman's disastrous foray into dairy farming is coming to an end with agency Elders appointed to sell the entire Coomboona dairies operation in Victoria.
THE tiny parasite that costs the northern cattle business almost $100 million a year in lost production is headed south, aided by climate change.
09 Jul 18 THE tiny parasite that costs the northern cattle business almost $100 million a year in lost production is headed south, aided by climate change.
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Best management practice of ryegrass and managing the residual height throughout dry periods is critical to enhance persistence of pasture. 
26 Dec 18 Best management practice of ryegrass and managing the residual height throughout dry periods is critical to enhance...
A new definition of 'genetically modified' currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new grasses on the market within three years.
13 Nov 18 A new definition of "genetically modified" currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new...
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The processors have not got used to the idea that the supermarkets have 'disrupted' their
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This why if you own and control the selling platform in a free and supposedly open market, You
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What I find confusion and strange is that the NEW AUSTRALIAN DAIRY PLAN has not got any form or
Spending $2.7million to build a new dairy is part of a rolling upgrade and improvement plan for VAN Dairy Group, located at Cape Grim, Tasmania.29 Dec 18 Spending $2.7million to build a new dairy is part of a rolling upgrade and improvement plan for VAN Dairy Group,...
Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in September, while Peter Roach caught up with suppliers at the Elmore Field Days in October.02 Dec 18 Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...