Agronomists, service providers and researchers in feedbase came together in Moama in October for the fourth workshop in a series provided by the Accelerating Change project. The series is designed to strengthen relationships across the dairy industry, enhancing collaboration and capability in all areas of feedbase, providing participants with a range of information they can use to support dairy farmers in a changing environment.
The focus of the October workshop was to give participants an update on water policy, after a comprehensive session at the last network meeting, and to improve understanding on managing soils for success, wrapping up a large body of work Accelerating Change has done on this topic over the last 18 months.
Claire Miller, Dairy Australia’s Manager for Policy and Strategy, gave an update on water policy including progress of the Murray Darling Basin Plan implementation and additional water recovery measures. Claire was fresh back from a trip to Canberra and discussi...
Accelerating Change, in partnership with Agriculture Victoria, has developed a new fact sheet to assist you to understand how soil moisture monitoring could improve your irrigation management and crop or pasture performance.
The factsheet, written by DEDJTR Irrigation Officer Rob O'Connor, who also manages the soil moisture monitoring sites for Accelerating Change, describes the types of soil moisture monitoring technologies available, how they work, and what data they can provide to improve your decision making.
The Accelerating Change Lucerne Masterclass drew a large crowd of dairy farmers, contractors and service providers to Scott Fitzgerald’s farm in Tongala last week. We saw some sunshine after a few days of heavy rain, making it the perfect opportunity to get into the paddock to have a look at how the lucerne was performing both above ground and how the crop was performing beneath the surface, with some soil pits.
Many farmers in the Murray Dairy region have been using lucerne or are thinking about using it as a perennial, summer-active feed. Lucerne is often used on dairy farms to fill feed gaps in late spring or late autumn and provides a good source of protein throughout warmer months. It has a higher tolerance to water stress and higher irrigated water productivity than perennial ryegrass pastures which makes it an attractive feed source for those managing uncertainty in the water market and climate. However, for optimal quality, yield and persistence lucerne must be managed well.