Read below for the fortnightly edition of Murray Dairy E-News, Friday 28th October 2016.
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Murray Dairy E-News - Friday 28th October 2016
Invitation to Dairy Australia Review
Murray Dairy is inviting people to participate in a review of Dairy Australia’s performance and to influence Murray Dairy’s program priorities and to discuss the current services offered by Dairy Australia through Murray Dairy. Farmers who participate will be provided with a $50 gift voucher for attending.
Free 1:1 business assessment and support service designed to help you take stock of your situation by assisting 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.
Improving Feedbase Performance – listening to dairy farmers. We need you!
Gardiner Foundation and Murray Diary are initiating a new study that will talk directly with dairy farmers to understand their motivations, goals, current practices, skills and information needs for feedbase management. This will also aid in understanding the impediments holding back a sustained, improved performance in feedbase management. This is a great opportunity for dairy farmers to tell us what they want and need and also tell us what works and what doesn’t. If you can help us by participating in a one-on-one interview of approximately 2 hours, please contact Murray Dairy to sign up.
Feed Testing Reminder
Fodder conservation is in full swing, however the wet seasonal conditions may have an impact on quality. Feed testing is recommended and there are a number of companies that can feed test hay and silage to determine energy, protein, drymatter and fibre. Contact Murray Dairy for more information.
Dairy Australia has released two new booklet resources to help farmers in spring grazing management and the silage decision-making process:
Did you miss the Business Forum?
If you weren’t able to attend the Murray Dairy Business Forum in October, visit the Murray Dairy website for information & videos from the day.
Grants to Assist On- Farm Improvements
The Victorian Government is seeking applications for its Dairy Development Grants program. The grant offers $5000 per dairy farm applicant to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements. Contact Rural Finance 1800 260 425 or email [email protected] .
Updated Water Service Committee Fact Sheets
Farm Water Program Fact Sheets from the GBCMA Farm Water Program are linked below:
Are you an irrigator or consultant with an interest in surface irrigation layouts, automation and irrigation management technologies? Want to see these tools in action, meet the experts, and go on farm with growers using them?
A chance to share your insights for the future of farming
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is undertaking research about ‘21st Century Farmers’ in partnership with Rural Bank and Rural Finance and invite you to take part in our inaugural survey into the practices of our nation’s farm businesses. For further information please visit web page.
The 2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now open
The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. Taking part lets you have your say on issues that affect your wellbeing and the liveability of your community. Do the survey online at www.regionalwellbeing.org.au or call 1800 981 499 if you'd like a paper survey posted to you or for help with the survey.
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. This includes the latest information around the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund for eligible Victorian school students, Drought loans and Dairy recovery Concessional Loans Scheme and the Farm household Allowance.
A number of events and opportunities are on around our region. This includes community and the last of the Look over the Farm Gate events, the funding for which has now been completed. Please refer to the Murray Dairy website and calendar for more information.
Standard Mental Health First Aid Course - Cohuna and Barnawartha
This course teaches first aid skills for adult members of the public to give initial help to adults experiencing mental health problems, in a mental health crisis situation or in the early stages of a mental illness. For more information on the Cohuna & Barnawartha sessions, visit the Murray Dairy website.
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.