Sheridan Partners apologies for the late release of the original E-News, we are very busy getting ready for the fast approaching Christmas break; better late than never!
Murray Dairy E-News
Friday 9th Dec, 2016
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.
Safety on Farm Open Day
If you would like the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in dairy farm safety, save the date for Murray Dairy’s Safety on Farm Day in Tatura on Thursday 15 December. The open day will update you on what is available to make your farm safer for your family, your employees and yourself.
Making Good Decisions
It can be difficult to make the right decision when the weather is variable, cashflow is tight, you want to try something new or you’re under the pump. To add to our Monitoring and Measurement strategy, Accelerating Change is looking at how project Partner Farmers make decisions around feedbase under these sorts of conditions.
Head to the Accelerating Change website to get a Snapshot from each of the farms each month. November’s reports now online.
Summer Cropping Workshop
Murray Dairy’s Successful Summer Cropping Workshop 2 will take place on Wednesday January 25th, 2017. Join us on a tour of the region to see how different maize and sorghum crops are performing. Cropping Agronomist, Matt Nihill, 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.
Contact Amy Fay for more information on 0400 911 286.
Dairy Forecast Service
The Dairy Forecast Service gives concise information relevant to your area. The site has recently been updated with its key features including:
- National Overviews
- Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) weather observations
- 7 day Outlook toggle on the My Site page
Dairy Australia site to assist with the management of herds through warmer weather.
Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie will represent the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources organised meetings.
The purpose of the meetings is to hear the views of dairy farmers regarding the delivery of assistance measures, including the Coalition Government’s $579 million dairy assistance package to support farmers affected by reduced farmgate milk prices.
The roundtables will commence at 10.30 am at:
Tangambalanga Community Centre, 29 Kiewa East Road, Tangambalanga - Monday 12 December
Congupna Community Centre, Katamatite- Shepparton Main Road, Congupna - Tuesday 13 December
International Dairy Week 15 –19 January 2017
IDW is fast approaching. Murray Dairy will be delivering productivity sessions on feedbase and animal health throughout the week. Drop by our stand during the week or call Murray Dairy for more information on (03) 5833 5312.
All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp : IDW 2017-Tatura
This 5 day camp (3 to 7 January, 2017) aims to support young people, aged between 16 and 20, as they develop their skills, plus foster a passion for the dairy industry.
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
Farm Household Allowance.
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.
Farmer Night Out - Moyhu
Farmers, Families, Workers, Friends come along to the MOYHU HOTEL for an evening of food, friends and entertainment on Friday 16th December, from 6.00pm.
The Very Fast Break Newsletter
Seasonal climate and risk information for Victorian cropping regions. The newest edition now available.
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.