Feeding Pastures for Profit (FPFP) courses are being delivered across all dairy regions, providing farmers with guidance on how to achieve a profitable balance between home-grown feed and supplement use.
FPFP addresses critical feed issues including how much home-grown feed to allocate to the herd to directly graze each day and the optimum amount of supplement the herd needs to be fed to be in the profit zone. Together, these are the daily decisions that generally have greatest impact on farm profit.
Extensive training has recently been provided for Dairy Australia's Regional Development Program staff to enable them to deliver more FPFP courses. Murray Dairy extension officer Lisa Birrell said the higher level of training allowed Regional Development Programs a greater amount of flexibility when delivering these types of programs, increasing the benefits for farmers.
"There's obviously a lot more continuity and a greater capacity for us to tailor our program delivery to meet the needs of our local farmers," she said. "The new training has given us the potential to deliver more programs more often."
Ms Birrell was enthusiastic about the prospect of further developing productive partnerships with dairyfarmers through the FPFP program.
"This will help us build a better relationship between Regional Development Programs and our farmers," she said. "It gives us a direct line to them and vice versa, so we can work together to better meet their needs."
A comprehensive program designed to improve dairyfarmers' skills and decision making, FPFP courses emphasise the importance of growing and optimising pasture to deliver greater efficiencies and cost savings for farm businesses.
The initial Feeding Pastures for Profit sessions are delivered via a two-day classroom-style workshop, with a further five on-farm group days in the ensuing 12 month period. Each participant also receives a one-to-one consultation to support pasture-rotation decisions and training in using the 'Rotation Right' tool.
Feeding Pastures for Profit courses are being offered throughout the country.
For more information on Feeding Pastures for Profit sessions in each region, contact the local Regional Development Program - see details at http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Industry-information/Dairy-regions.aspx.