Murray Dairy E-News - Friday 20th January 2017
Need help in assessing your farm business options?
Taking Stock is a free 1:1 business assessment and support service using a consultant to assist in the collection and analysis of current financial and physical data with the aim of clarifying future farm business options. This is available to all levy paying farmers, regardless of who they supply. Call Murray Dairy on (03) 5833 5312. This program is supported by the Australian Government and Gardiner Foundation.
Feeding Pastures for Profit
Feeding Pastures for Profit (FPFP) program aims to help dairy farmers to develop skills and gain confidence in making decisions around:
1. How much pasture do I allocate to the herd today?
2. How much supplement should I be giving the herd today?
These decisions have a large impact on farm profit through making the most of the farm business’s available resources.
The program also provides information on:
- Growing more grass
- Profitable use of pastures and crops
- Efficient use of supplements.
Regional Network Group Meetings for January 2017
The upcoming RNG meetings are a great way to be more involved in our industry. These group meetings provide direct input to the planning of Murray Dairy's events for 2017 and also provide a direct link back to you from Murray Dairy. Come along, catch up with friends old and new and value add to the planning for the year ahead.
RNG meetings as follows:
North West, Monday 23 January, Bower Hotel,Cohuna
Eastern, Tuesday 24 January, Shamrock Hotel, Numurkah
Central, Monday 30 January , Blue Brick Hotel, Kyabram
Riverina, Tuesday 31 January, Finley RSC
All start at 7pm with a meal provided. Please contact Murray Dairy for more information.
Successful Summer Cropping Workshop
Murray Dairy’s Successful Summer Cropping Workshop will take place on Wednesday 25 January, 2017. Join us on a tour of the Riverina to see how summer crops are performing. Our hosts, Malcolm Holm and Rob Singleton, will talk us through their crop management, alongside Cropping Agronomist Matt Nihill who will discuss establishment, weed and nutrient management. Soil Scientist, Christian Bannan, will discuss the impacts of soil preparation, soil management and soil characteristics on crop development with the aid of soil pits on site.
RSVP now to Murray Dairy to secure a spot.
Downer Cow Workshops
Nursing a downer cow is challenging and stressful – it can be difficult to provide a good nursing environment, know when to call for help or decide if euthanasia is the best option.
To help you make better decisions about managing downer cows and improve their welfare, Murray Dairy is hosting a half day workshop with Dr Phil Poulton – a leading dairy veterinarian based in Gippsland, on downer cow management.
Dates and locations:
Wednesday 1 February, 2017, Corryong
Thursday 2 February, 2017, Katunga
RSVP to Murray Dairy.
Autumn Start Up / Managing for Soil Success
These on farm days will examine and discuss options to remediate the soil impacts resulting from the prolonged wet winter. Soil Scientist Christian Bannan will use soil pits to discuss and demonstrate impacts and options to support a successful autumn sowing program.
Dates, locations and event information:
Tuesday 7 February, Dederang.
Wednesday 8 February, Stanhope.
Thursday 9 February, Waaia.
Tuesday 14 February, Mead.
Wednesday 15 February, Deniliquin.
For event information, use the link listed at the top.
RSVP to Murray Dairy.
Building a Remarkable Dairy Workforce
Mandy Johnson, best-selling author, speaker and business adviser will be presenting to dairy farmers the best techniques to help business recruitment, solving employment issues and how to get the best from your staff.
Mandy’s sessions will include:
- What's changing in the labour market
- Self-reflection - Your achievements and disappointments in the people area
- Attracting and hiring great recruits
- Performance Management - Getting the best from your people
Euthanasia of Livestock – Accredited Course
The welfare of animals is a dairy industry priority and the humane killing of cattle that are sick or injured is something that dairy farmers are required to deal with as part of good animal husbandry of all classes of livestock.
It is important that all steps are taken to safely, effectively and humanely destroy cattle to work within the law, meet the high industry and community expectations and most importantly, to deliver the best animal welfare outcomes.
The "Euthanasia of Livestock" course is an accredited training program supported by Dairy Australia which is now available to farmers and other livestock handlers in the Murray Dairy region. The course is delivered to small groups by expert veterinarian,Tristan Jubb, under the auspices of GOTAFE.
Dates as follows:
Wednesday 15 March, Corryong area.
Thursday 16 March, Numurkah area.
Please contact Murray Dairy for more information.
Join the Young Dairy Network Steering Committee
Are you passionate about the dairy industry? Would you like to have input on the future direction of programs for young people in this region?
If yes, then the Murray Dairy Young Dairy Network Steering Committee wants you! We are currently looking for motivated young farmer reps from across the region to join and help lead the YDN.
Senate Economics References Committee
The Senate Economics Refereces Committtee is undertaking an inquiry into Australia's Dairy Industry.
The committee will be holding a town hall style public meeting at:
Riverlinks Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton from 10.00am on Thursday 2 Febrary 2017.
This is an opportunity for dairy farmers to speak to the committee about their experinces, concerns and the future of the dairy industry in Australia.
If you are interested in speaking with the committee, register by contacting the secretariat by phoning (02) 6277 3540 or emailing [email protected].
Australian Dairy Conference (ADC)
The 15th Annual Australian Dairy Conference is to be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. 14-16 February 2017.
Opportunity for Young Farmers - 2 tickets to the Australian Dairy Conference up for grabs
Murray Dairy is supporting two young farmers or employees from the region to attend the Australian Diary Conference to be held in South Australia this February. Successful applicants will receive one ticket to the conference plus $500 toward travel and accommodation. Applications close Monday 23 January 2017.
Interested in Dairy Herd Improvement? Herd17 could be for you!
Herd 17 is the dairy industry’s biennial conference to be held at Bendigo, 22-23 March 2017.
This conference has a reputation for presenting exciting speakers at the cutting edge of herd improvement with several world leaders on the program
Marj Faust will speak about Skills, attitude and change, drawing upon her experience with one of the world’s largest and globally competitive bull companies.
Andrew Fear will share the highs and lows of herd recording during New Zealand’s milk price volatility, a journey that is being replicated in Australia. As general manager of operations and services with LIC, NZ, Andrew will share the company’s experiences and what they are doing to combat volatility.
To register and for more information use the link at the top, or contact Laura Calder, Holstein Australia (03)9835 7627 or [email protected].
Dairy Support - Financial, health and community assistance
Dairy Farmer Central
Dairy Farmer Central is a website designed to be a central source of information on programs, initiatives and events for dairy farmers and their communities.
Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Free, independent and confidential assistance.
North East Victoria (Goulburn Valley Region): 1300 834 775
North West Victoria: 1300 769 489
Southern NSW: (02) 6452 5820
Rural Financial Counsellors can help you with:
- Farm Household Allowance Applications
- Dairy & Drought Concessional Loans
- Dairy Development Grants
- Assessing and understanding your financial position, identify options and develop an action plan to move forward.
- To find out more visit www.rfcsvicne.org.au or call one of the above phone numbers
To apply for the Farm Household Allowance contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service, numbers are listed above.
To find out how your FHA application is going call the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 132 316 (8am- 8pm).
A number of events and opportunities are on around our region. Please refer to the Murray Dairy website and calendar for more information
Agriculture Victoria Courses
Making the Most of Your Water - a new 3 day course for irrigation farmers.
Do you have questions about irrigating but no-one to ask? This free course will improve your understanding of how to get the most out of your irrigation assets and options to improve water use efficiency.
Date and times:
Numurkah: 8,15 & 22 February 2017
Kyabram: 10,17 & 24 February 2017
To RSVP and reserve your place please contact Neil McLeod on (03) 5833 5250 by 27 January.
Updated Seasonal forecast, BOM
BOM is regularly updated and the newest seasonal forecasts are now available.
Events, Courses and Training
Please see the Murray Dairy Events calendar for all dairy related events, training and courses happening throughout the region.
With best regards from the Murray Dairy team.
Chief Executive Officer