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Minimizing Pugging Damage on Very Wet Soils
Pugging damage may be minimised by utilising specific management options, dependent on different circumstances. To preserve the main source of feed for their herds, farmers should aim to 'avoid pasture damage at all costs'.
The take home messages from the recent Pasture Recovery from Pugging events were:
- Assess each paddock on the farm
- If the annual paddocks are too damaged for silage then graze and look to repair before a Summer crop goes in
- Use on/off grazing to minimise pasture damage from pugging
- On permanent pasture paddocks consider rolling or using a smudge board to smooth out the pug marks
- These paddocks may need to be fully renovated in the Autumn if really severe
- Could consider millet to fill in the gaps if planning to irrigate over summer
- If paddocks are really beyond repair in the Spring it may cost more to repair the paddocks than the feed you will get off them, then consider purchasing feed instead
Resources help to manage the extreme wet
FACT SHEETS: Extreme wet conditions are causing hardship for dairy farmers in many regions around Australia. Dairy Australia has produced a range of tools and information sheets to help dairy farmers manage the health and welfare of cows, and their own business risks, during challenging periods.
While this resource is largely about the building/developing of laneways, aspects of this information is useful in relation to the repairing of current laneways.
Are Bacto Counts impacting you?
Use the address listed at the top to watch Durham Prewett, from Fonterra, outline practical tips for farmers in the Murray Dairy Region. These will help manage increasing Bacto counts as a result of both dairy plant hygiene and environmental impact during these wetter periods.
Free 1:1 business assessment and support 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.
Spillable water deductions
With Lake Hume approaching full capacity, flood mitigation pre-releases began on 29 August. As a result of these pre-releases, water is being deducted from spillable water accounts owned by water users on the Murray irrigation system. For more information on this, the monitoring and the managing of carryover and spillable water.
Develop Feed Plans for Livestock- Two Day Nutrition Course
This two day course will highlight how to maximise pasture consumption and address feed gaps as cost efficiently and effectively as possible using supplements. Course locations are: Cobram, Kiewa and Corryong.
Calf Health and Rearing
Brought to you by the Shepparton Vet Clinic and Murray Dairy will be held at Ron & Sheralee Newman's farm, 280 Boundary Rd Pine Lodge on Friday 7 October, this practical workshop focusses on disbudding with sedation and will include a working demonstration on SVC Disbudding Service, updates on calf nutrition, updates on calf disease management and also an opportunity of an informative Q&A session on calf management.
Murray Dairy Business Forum: Thursday 20 October, Barooga
Set with the theme of “20 years back; 20 years forward” the Business Forum program will be focusing on managing and adapting to change. To talk us through their experiences in change, the day will host an array of keynote speakers including well-renowned AFL legend and farming advocate, Kevin Sheedy, CEO of Rural Bank, Alexandra Gartmann and 2014 National Rural Woman of the Year, Pip Job, as well as a number of highly regarded researchers including Co-Director of DairyBio, David Nation. For more information on the Business Forum or to register, contact Murray Dairy.
Calling all young farmers and employees – Win a ticket
If you are a young farmer, employee or service provider in the Murray Dairy region’s dairy industry, you could win 1 of 10 tickets to the Murray Dairy Annual Business Forum and celebration dinner being held in Barooga on Thursday 20 October. To enter simply register your details with the Murray Dairy Young Dairy Network and you will go in the draw.
Successful Summer Cropping Workshops
Missed our Successful Summer Cropping Workshops? No worries. You can find workshop resources, our podcast on sorghum management and a short video of Facilitator, Matt’s, take home messages on our website.
It’s not too late to get on board for Parts 2 & 3 of the series, which will include summer crop tours so we can see and discuss the agronomy in action. Contact us to register your interest.
Accelerating Change is also making the initial workshop available to groups on request. If you and your neighbours, or Discussion Group, would like to host a session please contact Amy Fay ([email protected] OR 0400 911 286)
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 1 hour, please contact Murray Dairy to sign up.
Resources available on line
Murray Dairy and Dairy Australia have a number of tools, fact sheets, videos and support available to you on line. This information is current and regularly updated as the season unfolds.
Discussion Group funding
Murray Dairy has a new round of Discussion Group funding, up to the value of $3000, now available for new and current groups operating in the Murray Dairy region. Groups are encouraged to contact Ross Read, on 0438906613 or [email protected] for any further information.
Keep children, staff and yourself safe on-farm
Keeping every one safe on your farm is the number one priority. To assist you in making your farm and workplace as safe as possible, Dairy Australia has recently released the Farm Safety Starter Kit. This easy to use booklet will assist you in getting your Safety System started.
Congratulations – Rural Finance Scholarship
Congratulations to Alexandra Mulcahy from Kyvalley, who is a recipient of a 2016 Rural Finance scholarship. This is an incredible achievement and an opportunity that will allow her to continue to progress her knowledge, skills and networks in the dairy industry. Alex is currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) at Marcus Oldham College.
Keeping all the family up-to-date
Is the eNews reaching everyone in your household? Update your family details so that everyone receives their own copy. Partners, employees and children can receive this newsletter and be kept up to date with a range of technical, social and emotional wellbeing workshops/events that may appeal to all on farm. Please contact Murray Dairy at [email protected] to add names and contact numbers to our data base.
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 Look over the Farm Gate events. Please refer to the Murray Dairy website and calendar for more information.
VIC Back to Work Scheme – Dairy Industry
The Victorian Government’s Back to Work Scheme is providing funding for eligible dairy industry employers who commenced employment from 1 July 2016: $5,000* is available for eligible employers who hire a new dairy industry worker who was previously unemployed or retrenched. Up to $4,000* is available as an additional incentive to employers who provide accredited training to these eligible employees.
Applications are now open for the 2016 Murray Community Grants.
The grants program is aimed at supporting community and producer groups to carry out capacity building, educational, on-ground, and other activities with a natural resource management (NRM) and sustainable agriculture focus. Funding of up to $15,000 (excl GST) is available. For a fact sheet, application guidelines and application forms use the address at the top of the page.
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.