Finding pasture management's holy grail

Perfection in pasture management is the holy grail of dairy farming: getting it right is both incredibly important and difficult to achieve. Australian Dairyfarmer spoke to experts in the field about the latest developments and the pros and cons of different approaches.
Perfection in pasture management is the holy grail of dairy farming: getting it right is both incredibly important and difficult to achieve. Australian Dairyfarmer spoke to experts in the field about the latest developments and the pros and cons of different approaches.
Mycotoxins can cause various problems for herd health. GippsDairy's Ruairi McDonnell asked Feedworks nutritionist Ian Sawyer about what to look out for when feeding out silage.
31 Mar 19 Mycotoxins can cause various problems for herd health. GippsDairy's Ruairi McDonnell asked Feedworks nutritionist Ian Sawyer about what to look out for when feeding out silage.
The first reaction by farmers and consultants when looking at and assessing silage is to pick up a handful and smell it.
05 Nov 18 The first reaction by farmers and consultants when looking at and assessing silage is to pick up a handful and smell it.
A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it to the bloodstream.
02 Nov 18 A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it to the bloodstream.
The keys to making the most of silage include producing quality feed, ensuring the feeding infrastructure is right and managing feeding.
02 Nov 18 The keys to making the most of silage include producing quality feed, ensuring the feeding infrastructure is right and managing feeding.
When ensiling forages such as high-moisture corn or reconstituted grain, the main outcome is to produce a palatable, waste-free and high-quality product.
01 Nov 18 When ensiling forages such as high-moisture corn or reconstituted grain, the main outcome is to produce a palatable, waste-free and high-quality product.
At a time when feed represents 40-60 per cent of milk production costs, every gram of nutrient counts.
30 Oct 18 At a time when feed represents 40-60 per cent of milk production costs, every gram of nutrient counts.
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 farmers as they work to conserve as much quality feed and fibre as...
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.
ALLORA, Qld, dairy farmers Andrew and Chris Mullins, Queensland, have been operating in partnership for the past ten years and have a clear vision on how they produce, plus manage, their forage feeding systems.
05 Feb 18 ALLORA, Qld, dairy farmers Andrew and Chris Mullins, Queensland, have been operating in partnership for the past ten years and have a clear vision on how they produce, plus manage, their...
Several new additions to the baled silage marketplace will reduce bale spoilage and the number of decomposing bales that can leak effluent into the soil and water tables close to the ground surface.
27 Sep 17 Several new additions to the baled silage marketplace will reduce bale spoilage and the number of decomposing bales that can leak effluent into the soil and water tables close to the...
The hotter the stack, the more the farmer has stuffed the nutritive value of that stack.
22 Sep 17 The hotter the stack, the more the farmer has stuffed the nutritive value of that stack.
If some silage making rules are bent or broken, it can affect the environment.
21 Sep 17 If some silage making rules are bent or broken, it can affect the environment.
No one should regret taking the extra time or precautions to avoid accidents on-farm. I have seen and heard of too many deaths or near deaths and too many disfiguring/disabling injuries to be nice about this subject.
19 Sep 17 No one should regret taking the extra time or precautions to avoid accidents on-farm. I have seen and heard of too many deaths or near deaths and too many disfiguring/disabling injuries...
THERE is much needless waste of silage in wrapped bales all over Australia.
15 Sep 17  1 THERE is much needless waste of silage in wrapped bales all over Australia.
PLASTIC wrap is not a silver bullet for hay that was rain affected before baling or for hay that is too wet or for silage that is too dry.
13 Sep 17 PLASTIC wrap is not a silver bullet for hay that was rain affected before baling or for hay that is too wet or for silage that is too dry.
Farmers need to to be mindful of safety when transporting and storing square hay bales on farm.
31 Aug 17 Farmers need to to be mindful of safety when transporting and storing square hay bales on farm.
GippsDairy is warning farmers to test hay quality, with some loads arriving with low metabolisable energy (ME).
30 Aug 17 GippsDairy is warning farmers to test hay quality, with some loads arriving with low metabolisable energy (ME).
Fertigation is the injection of fertilisers, soil amendments and other water-soluble products through an irrigation system. 
16 Apr 19 Fertigation is the injection of fertilisers, soil amendments and other water-soluble products through an irrigation...
A fertigation trial in south-east Queensland for the past two years has shown it produces more pasture and cuts labour and fuel costs.
16 Apr 19 A fertigation trial in south-east Queensland for the past two years has shown it produces more pasture and cuts...
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This project was doomed from the start. Sri Lanka's Department of Animal Production and Health
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What an awesome article, this will save so much time and money for farmers across the world with
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The $1 a litre milk has already forced closure of numerous dairy farms. Lion Dairy & Drinks
An industry survey revealed that farmers milking larger herds have adopted more precision technologies, and that is expected that by 2025 the adoption of technologies for data capturing and monitoring system parameters will increase.
08 Apr 19 An industry survey revealed that farmers milking larger herds have adopted more precision technologies, and that is...
Virtual fencing (VF) technology has great potential to alleviate the costs, time and labour devoted to the establishment and maintenance of traditional physical fences.
08 Apr 19 Virtual fencing (VF) technology has great potential to alleviate the costs, time and labour devoted to the...
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...