Dairy exit likely for many in north Victoria

Echuca, Vic, dairy farmer Marshall Jacobs says the burst of extreme hot weather in the last few weeks has cemented his decision to give the game away.
Echuca, Vic, dairy farmer Marshall Jacobs says the burst of extreme hot weather in the last few weeks has cemented his decision to give the game away.
Power outages in the south-west Victoria cost dairy farmers, without generator backup, thousands of dollars a year in lost production.
14 Feb 19 Power outages in the south-west Victoria cost dairy farmers, without generator backup, thousands of dollars a year in lost production.
THE ongoing drought and rising feed prices have been the tipping point that forced Victor Harbor, South Australia, dairyfarmers Stephen Treloar and Colin Dohnt to sell their dairy herd.
13 Feb 19 THE ongoing drought and rising feed prices have been the tipping point that forced Victor Harbor, South Australia, dairyfarmers Stephen Treloar and Colin Dohnt to sell their dairy herd.
A young Dutch dairy farmer says he recognises that continued use of antibiotics on his cows in the future is unviable.
12 Feb 19 A young Dutch dairy farmer says he recognises that continued use of antibiotics on his cows in the future is unviable.
Four years ago, Ashley and Lisa Mezenberg, Denison, Victoria, signed up for the modernisation scheme in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID), which led them to consider what type of automated watering system they would invest in for their farm.
12 Feb 19 Four years ago, Ashley and Lisa Mezenberg, Denison, Victoria, signed up for the modernisation scheme in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID), which led them to consider what type of...
Fonterra Australia has announced a milk price increase.
11 Feb 19 Fonterra Australia has announced a milk price increase.
Saputo's international division, including its Australian operations, helped lift its profitability in the last quarter.
08 Feb 19 Saputo's international division, including its Australian operations, helped lift its profitability in the last quarter.
Dairy Australia says northern Victorian milk production is set to continue to plummet, as intense heat compounds the effects of high water and feed prices.
08 Feb 19 Dairy Australia says northern Victorian milk production is set to continue to plummet, as intense heat compounds the effects of high water and feed prices.
Global dairy prices surged on Wednesday night with the Global Dairy Trade auction recording its biggest jump in more than two years.
07 Feb 19 Global dairy prices surged on Wednesday night with the Global Dairy Trade auction recording its biggest jump in more than two years.
Northern Victorian dairy farmers have again rejected a mandatory dairy code of conduct, proposed by the Federal Government.
07 Feb 19 Northern Victorian dairy farmers have again rejected a mandatory dairy code of conduct, proposed by the Federal Government.
As eastern Australia’s farm milk output shrinks, the nation’s biggest dairy farming outfit, Australian Fresh Milk Holdings, has finalised its takeover of Gerry Harvey’s former northern Victorian property to help diversify its supply base.
06 Feb 19 As eastern Australia’s farm milk output shrinks, the nation’s biggest dairy farming outfit, Australian Fresh Milk Holdings, has finalised its takeover of Gerry Harvey’s former northern...
Queensland dairy farmer Rodney Teese says he can no longer cope with the state of the dairy industry and will not be producing milk for human consumption.
05 Feb 19 Queensland dairy farmer Rodney Teese says he can no longer cope with the state of the dairy industry and will not be producing milk for human consumption.
Following scorching criticism of retail milk discounting by a NSW parliamentary inquiry, peak dairy farmer bodies are planning a combined campaign aimed at breaking the eight-year-old $1 a litre milk deadlock.
05 Feb 19  1 Following scorching criticism of retail milk discounting by a NSW parliamentary inquiry, peak dairy farmer bodies are planning a combined campaign aimed at breaking the eight-year-old $1...
Record grain imports from Western Australia are yet to have any real impact on feed prices for Victorian farmers.
04 Feb 19 Record grain imports from Western Australia are yet to have any real impact on feed prices for Victorian farmers.
A temporary bluetongue virus zone lifted in December 2017 is still restricting trade to China from some Victorian properties.
04 Feb 19 A temporary bluetongue virus zone lifted in December 2017 is still restricting trade to China from some Victorian properties.
Australian dairy farmers are taking action to ensure their teams are tested and vaccinated for Q fever ahead of autumn calving.
03 Feb 19 Australian dairy farmers are taking action to ensure their teams are tested and vaccinated for Q fever ahead of autumn calving.
For Tom Acocks, knowing how much feed he has, what quality it is and wasting as little as possible is the key to running an efficient dairy farm business.
02 Feb 19 For Tom Acocks, knowing how much feed he has, what quality it is and wasting as little as possible is the key to running an efficient dairy farm business.
It took 44 steps for someone to walk from the Moores' front gate to take photographs of their Dorrigo, NSW, dairy which they uploaded online.
01 Feb 19 It took 44 steps for someone to walk from the Moores' front gate to take photographs of their Dorrigo, NSW, dairy which they uploaded online.
Australia's Murray-Darling Basin Authority acted unlawfully and water allocations must undergo a complete overhaul across the system, a South Australian royal commission has found.
01 Feb 19 Australia's Murray-Darling Basin Authority acted unlawfully and water allocations must undergo a complete overhaul across the system, a South Australian royal commission has found.
The extreme temperatures experienced last Friday and subsequent “load shedding” – or rolling power outages – have added to the frustration of many Victorian dairy farmers about power reliability.
31 Jan 19 The extreme temperatures experienced last Friday and subsequent “load shedding” – or rolling power outages – have added to the frustration of many Victorian dairy farmers about power...
Bega Cheese and Saputo Dairy Australia have announced a milk price.
31 Jan 19  1 Bega Cheese and Saputo Dairy Australia have announced a milk price.
The Aussie Farms map is a toolkit for terrorism and needs to be taken down, says central west, NSW, dairy farmer Erika Chesworth.
30 Jan 19 The Aussie Farms map is a toolkit for terrorism and needs to be taken down, says central west, NSW, dairy farmer Erika Chesworth.
RIST (Rural Industries Skill Training) will officially open its doors to the new Terang College Campus at the old Demo Dairy site at 7161 Princess Highway, on Thursday, January 31.
29 Jan 19 RIST (Rural Industries Skill Training) will officially open its doors to the new Terang College Campus at the old Demo Dairy site at 7161 Princess Highway, on Thursday, January 31.
Australian milk production has plummeted as high feed and water prices continue to bite.
29 Jan 19 Australian milk production has plummeted as high feed and water prices continue to bite.
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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...