Diversifying helps dairy survive

DIVERSIFYING their business helped South Australian dairyfarmers Lorraine and Brian Robertson remain in the industry when dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fonterra dropped prices to below the cost of production in 2016.
DIVERSIFYING their business helped South Australian dairyfarmers Lorraine and Brian Robertson remain in the industry when dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fonterra dropped prices to below the cost of production in 2016.
Dairyfarmers in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering by-products from beer and fruit juice plants as a stock feed supplement for their herds.
11 Apr 17 Dairyfarmers in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering by-products from beer and fruit juice plants as a stock feed supplement for their herds.
Farmers have been dealt another blow with the closure of the Hazelwood power station, according to Victorian dairyfarmer Chris Gleeson.
07 Apr 17 Farmers have been dealt another blow with the closure of the Hazelwood power station, according to Victorian dairyfarmer Chris Gleeson.
The DairySage mentoring program kicked off at Maleny, Qld, last year with mentees and mentors coming together for a two-day workshop.
07 Mar 17 The DairySage mentoring program kicked off at Maleny, Qld, last year with mentees and mentors coming together for a two-day workshop.
As a pilot program, Subtropical Dairy has developed a series of resources and tools to help northern Australian dairy businesses estimate the potential profit from making a change to their business.
07 Mar 17 As a pilot program, Subtropical Dairy has developed a series of resources and tools to help northern Australian dairy businesses estimate the potential profit from making a change to...
The current state of the dairy industry is causing angst among farmers.
11 Feb 17 The current state of the dairy industry is causing angst among farmers.
Victoria’s dairy industry has scale and history, but Tasmania has new irrigation water and new investment - which is why a Westpac-sponsored group of innovative Victorian farmers recently travelled across Bass Strait.
13 Jan 17 Victoria’s dairy industry has scale and history, but Tasmania has new irrigation water and new investment - which is why a Westpac-sponsored group of innovative Victorian farmers...
THE ability of dairyfarmers to adapt to a changing environment has been put to the test in a three-year project.
30 Dec 16 THE ability of dairyfarmers to adapt to a changing environment has been put to the test in a three-year project.
Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers will have their knowledge of on-farm food safety requirements assessed from January next year.
22 Nov 16 Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers will have their knowledge of on-farm food safety requirements assessed from January next year.
The opportunity for a close-up look at a once-a-day milking operation attracted farmers from across Gippsland and Victoria to Yannathan last week.
21 Nov 16 The opportunity for a close-up look at a once-a-day milking operation attracted farmers from across Gippsland and Victoria to Yannathan last week.
Some ugly numbers in a bumper payout year convinced the Ferris family to take the palm kernel truck off speed dial and go all-grass dairyfarming.
15 Nov 16 Some ugly numbers in a bumper payout year convinced the Ferris family to take the palm kernel truck off speed dial and go all-grass dairyfarming.
MANY will recall this extraordinary sequence of events: In July 2015 record frosts were followed by the biggest August snowfall in years and subsequently soils were colder and wetter for longer than usual in early spring.
10 Nov 16 MANY will recall this extraordinary sequence of events: In July 2015 record frosts were followed by the biggest August snowfall in years and subsequently soils were colder and wetter for...
BRUCE Manintveld and Fiona Baker were good operators when they started as Focus Farmers two years ago – now they are even better.
12 Aug 16 BRUCE Manintveld and Fiona Baker were good operators when they started as Focus Farmers two years ago – now they are even better.
Food and beverage company Lion Co. is changing tack on its Asian expansion strategy, pulling the plug on a new stand-alone unit and integrating it into the core dairy and drinks business.
05 Aug 16 Food and beverage company Lion Co. is changing tack on its Asian expansion strategy, pulling the plug on a new stand-alone unit and integrating it into the core dairy and drinks business.
Warrnambool’s Midfield Group is joining with a global food giant in a move that could change the face of the nation’s dairy industry.
05 Aug 16 Warrnambool’s Midfield Group is joining with a global food giant in a move that could change the face of the nation’s dairy industry.
When Josh Balcombe, from Warrion, Victoria, signed up as a participant in the Improving Herds project in 2015, little did he know he was arming himself with a valuable tool for tackling a season with unimaginable challenges.
28 Jul 16 When Josh Balcombe, from Warrion, Victoria, signed up as a participant in the Improving Herds project in 2015, little did he know he was arming himself with a valuable tool for tackling...
In response to the milk price crisis, dairyfarmers in Victoria and Tasmania are advocating for on-ground support to retain farm workers, as it will deliver benefits to rural communities as well as farms.
27 Jul 16  1 In response to the milk price crisis, dairyfarmers in Victoria and Tasmania are advocating for on-ground support to retain farm workers, as it will deliver benefits to rural communities...
Brody Kennedy reckons the next 12 months will be tough enough without having to deal with any unwanted surprises.
26 Jul 16 Brody Kennedy reckons the next 12 months will be tough enough without having to deal with any unwanted surprises.
Dairy Australia’s ‘Tactics for Tight Times’ initiative has released a special checklist to assist dairyfarmers in formulating a plan for winter.
13 Jun 16 Dairy Australia’s ‘Tactics for Tight Times’ initiative has released a special checklist to assist dairyfarmers in formulating a plan for winter.
Aginsight director Dr Bruce Kefford has told a Melbourne agricultural summit “remarkable advances” in biosciences would be a key driver in sustainably increasing agricultural productivity.
10 Jun 16 Aginsight director Dr Bruce Kefford has told a Melbourne agricultural summit “remarkable advances” in biosciences would be a key driver in sustainably increasing agricultural productivity.
Confined spaces on a dairy farm can be dangerous - their hazards are usually hidden and can cause serious injury or death without warning.
04 May 16 Confined spaces on a dairy farm can be dangerous - their hazards are usually hidden and can cause serious injury or death without warning.
PEOPLE can be one of the biggest assets to a farming business, or a liability.
29 Apr 16 PEOPLE can be one of the biggest assets to a farming business, or a liability.
Australian dairyfarmers are missing out on the opportunity for more profit by not better managing their home-grown feedbase, according to Gardiner Dairy Foundation chair Dr Bruce Kefford.
24 Mar 17 Australian dairyfarmers are missing out on the opportunity for more profit by not better managing their home-grown...
Rick Blackshaw was rightly proud of his oats crop, as he let his dairy herd into the paddock for their first grazing at the end of April last year. 
27 Feb 17 Rick Blackshaw was rightly proud of his oats crop, as he let his dairy herd into the paddock for their first grazing...
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VIRTUAL fencing for cattle is set to be commercially available later this year, following Melbourne-based agri-tech company Agersens’ success in raising $2 million.03 Apr 17 VIRTUAL fencing for cattle is set to be commercially available later this year, following Melbourne-based agri-tech...
Lindsay Anderson's Gippsland dairy farm uses a lot of electricity. 
30 Mar 17 Lindsay Anderson's Gippsland dairy farm uses a lot of electricity.
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...