Accelerating Change was a finalist in the Young Scientist Award held at the Australian Dairy Conference in Adelaide on the 15th and 16th of February, 2017. Project Manager, Amy Fay, and Project Officer, Harriet Bawden, were invited to present some of Accelerating Change's project findings to the conference audience, consisting of dairy farmers, service providers and producers, from Australia and overseas.
Accelerating Change is comprised of three components that, together, are designed to provide information that supports the development of resilient and profitable feedbase systems in the Murray Dairy region:
1. The project has a monitoring and measurement program which collects and analyses data to measure on-farm performance of different forage types, irrigation or water efficiency strategies and feedbase management.
2. It has an extension arm which develops and pilots new extension and learning activities to assist farmers to identify and implement chang...
The Agronomy Network met for the second time in Echuca on Friday 9th December to hear about and discuss past and current agronomic and irrigation research occurring in our region.
The group heard from Agriculture Victoria Senior Research Scientists, Kevin Kelly and Mike Morris, on current and past research in the agronomic and irrigation hydrology space. Also on the agenda was an introduction to the Forage Value Index project by Ron Prestige from Dairy Australia. The session finished with a question and answer session with University of Southern Queensland Researcher, Geoff Cockfield, who was keen to understand the agronomists' perspective on what sustained and improved feedbase performance in the dairy industry might look like for our region. Geoff's work is part of a wider research project across Victoria funded by the Gardiner Foundation.
See below for a summary of the key messages from the day. The full presentations can be accessed here: