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With more than 30,000 trees planted in the past 20 years, Mark and Lynne Peterson's irrigation dairy farm, near Nathalia in north-central Victoria, stands out as a lush green oasis in the midst of farms that are relatively bare.
With more than 30,000 trees planted in the past 20 years, Mark and Lynne Peterson's irrigation dairy farm, near Nathalia in north-central Victoria, stands out as a lush green oasis in the midst of farms that are relatively bare.
Last of a long line of dairymen pulls the pin after a winter of discontent.
08 Oct 18 Last of a long line of dairymen pulls the pin after a winter of discontent.
As feed prices increase across Australia, dairy farmer David Kuhl relies on Dairy Australia's Hay and Grain Reports to keep an eye on pricing, availability and help plan ahead.
09 Sep 18 As feed prices increase across Australia, dairy farmer David Kuhl relies on Dairy Australia's Hay and Grain Reports to keep an eye on pricing, availability and help plan ahead.
Profit on Victorian dairy farms fell in 2017-18 to the fifth-lowest level in 12 years.
07 Sep 18 Profit on Victorian dairy farms fell in 2017-18 to the fifth-lowest level in 12 years.
Smart farmers, who are good at what they’re doing, is the only way the dairy industry will survive in the Murray region.
30 Aug 18 Smart farmers, who are good at what they’re doing, is the only way the dairy industry will survive in the Murray region.
With dairy commodity markets relatively stable and farm inputs markets across the country under sustained pressure, farm costs are the most uncertain element in the profitability equation for the months ahead.
30 Aug 18  1 With dairy commodity markets relatively stable and farm inputs markets across the country under sustained pressure, farm costs are the most uncertain element in the profitability...
WITH rising land values, particularly in traditional dairy areas, farm ownership may not be an option for many young people coming up in the sector, but according to a panel of young dairyfarmers, there are many paths into the industry.
29 Aug 18 WITH rising land values, particularly in traditional dairy areas, farm ownership may not be an option for many young people coming up in the sector, but according to a panel of young...
He had no intention of returning to the family farm, but Scott Fitzgerald has turned his second career into a fast-growing success, based on a dairy holding rented from his retiring parents.
30 Jul 18 He had no intention of returning to the family farm, but Scott Fitzgerald has turned his second career into a fast-growing success, based on a dairy holding rented from his retiring parents.
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.
Money may not grow on trees, but planting them can help put dollars in the pockets of dairyfarmers.
18 May 18 Money may not grow on trees, but planting them can help put dollars in the pockets of dairyfarmers.
A NEW Dairy Australia workshop is helping larger dairy farm operators consider options and strategies for potential business investment.
18 Jan 18 A NEW Dairy Australia workshop is helping larger dairy farm operators consider options and strategies for potential business investment.
A couple in New Zealand's Central Hawke's Bay are proud to be dairyfarming and love the lifestyle it provides.
11 Jan 18 A couple in New Zealand's Central Hawke's Bay are proud to be dairyfarming and love the lifestyle it provides.
PLENTY a dairy farmer talks to the cows but avant-garde research being run by a young scientist with a passion for animal welfare could well give meaning to bovine responses.
13 Nov 17 PLENTY a dairy farmer talks to the cows but avant-garde research being run by a young scientist with a passion for animal welfare could well give meaning to bovine responses.
Business management and helping farmers make better use of the information available are major challenges facing the dairy industry, according to the outgoing chief executive of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Mary Harney.
21 Sep 17 Business management and helping farmers make better use of the information available are major challenges facing the dairy industry, according to the outgoing chief executive of the...
Meander, Tasmania, dairyfarmers Brian and Michele Lawrence use an Annual Operating Plan to help them manage their farm business.
12 Sep 17 Meander, Tasmania, dairyfarmers Brian and Michele Lawrence use an Annual Operating Plan to help them manage their farm business.
Practitioners of once-a-day milking and others interested in the logistics of implementing it attended an information workshop at Orbost, Victoria, earlier this year.
07 Aug 17 Practitioners of once-a-day milking and others interested in the logistics of implementing it attended an information workshop at Orbost, Victoria, earlier this year.
A flexible approach to robotic milking in pasture-based systems could offer dairy businesses opportunities to improve labour efficiency, reduce the need for on-call staff and improve energy efficiency at certain times of the year.
07 Aug 17 A flexible approach to robotic milking in pasture-based systems could offer dairy businesses opportunities to improve labour efficiency, reduce the need for on-call staff and improve...
Heywood, Victoria, farmers Steve and Tania Luckin believe that developing operating plans and setting goals is critical to the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm business approach.
01 Aug 17 Heywood, Victoria, farmers Steve and Tania Luckin believe that developing operating plans and setting goals is critical to the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm...
ON THE outskirts of the Bega Valley lies a property run by the well-known Apps family, Ron Apps and his three sons, two grandsons and most recently, a granddaughter.
25 Jul 17 ON THE outskirts of the Bega Valley lies a property run by the well-known Apps family, Ron Apps and his three sons, two grandsons and most recently, a granddaughter.
THE opening price announcements by major milk processors in southern Australia have again been subject to accusations of ‘smoke and mirrors’.
17 Jul 17  1 THE opening price announcements by major milk processors in southern Australia have again been subject to accusations of ‘smoke and mirrors’.
In 1968 the Lammie family migrated to Western Australia from Scotland and bought a half-cleared dairy property at Northcliffe running a 70-cow herd.
17 Jul 17 In 1968 the Lammie family migrated to Western Australia from Scotland and bought a half-cleared dairy property at Northcliffe running a 70-cow herd.
Thirty-three Tasmania private datasets were analysed using Dairy Australia Dairy Base business analysis tool from some of my clients for the 2015-16 season.
05 Jul 17 Thirty-three Tasmania private datasets were analysed using Dairy Australia Dairy Base business analysis tool from some of my clients for the 2015-16 season.
THERE is no doubt farmers need to be mindful when operating equipment in the workplace.
26 Jun 17 THERE is no doubt farmers need to be mindful when operating equipment in the workplace.
Moving into a new financial year is a busy planning period for dairy farm businesses. Dairy Australia's farm business management team suggest six things farmers can do now to help set up for the year ahead.
26 Jun 17 Moving into a new financial year is a busy planning period for dairy farm businesses. Dairy Australia's farm business management team suggest six things farmers can do now to help set up...
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Shredlage is a patented and branded harvesting process that produces long chopped highly processed silage.11 Oct 18 Shredlage is a patented and branded harvesting process that produces long chopped highly processed silage.
While conditions are variable across the country, spring grazing management and silage are top of mind for dairy farmers as they work to conserve as much quality feed and fibre as possible. 
13 Sep 18 While conditions are variable across the country, spring grazing management and silage are top of mind for dairy...
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Its about time someone stood up for hardworking dairyfarmers. lets not just point at Coles but
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The processors don’t realize what’s about to hit them with regards milk supply and security.
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A mastitis vaccine will be a great help to women. I hope this study achieve its goal. Anyways, I
The Australian dairy industry is committed to supporting investment and successful operation of Automatic Milking Systems (AMS).24 Sep 18  1 The Australian dairy industry is committed to supporting investment and successful operation of Automatic Milking...
The Australian Dairy Conference is on the hunt to find the smartest farm apps being used on Australian dairy farms and it wants farmers' help.11 Sep 18 The Australian Dairy Conference is on the hunt to find the smartest farm apps being used on Australian dairy farms...
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...