Good Business Governance and Investment in dairy farming workshop
Oct
17
to Oct 18

Good Business Governance and Investment in dairy farming workshop

  • Mercure Gold Coast Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dairy Australia are hosting a two day, interactive workshop focused on strategic business planning and decision making.  
 

The workshop aims to focus on the following key areas:

  • Investigating practical ways to implement effective business governance principles into your business irrespective of ownership structure; family-owned, equity partnership, joint venture or corporate ownership.

  • Understanding the difference between operational and strategic thinking and how to implement strategic planning within your business including taking your team on this journey.

  • What it means for a business to introduce an investor. How does this compare to growing a business using bank finance?

  • Options for family businesses to grow their wealth and transition their assets to their children. 

  • Risk management and understanding elements of different business structures including their strengths and weaknesses.

For more information click here.

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NSW Women in Dairy - Bale Up Conference
Sep
25
to Sep 27

NSW Women in Dairy - Bale Up Conference

  • Jamberoo Mountain Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come along for the opportunity to learn, grow & share with fellow women in the dairy industry.

Be a part of a fantastic conference with some inspiring speakers and the chance to take off those gumboots and throw on some heels for a great time.

Bale Up will be held at the beautiful Jamberoo Mountain Resort.

For more information follow this link.

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Women in Water Leadership Program - Applications Closing
Sep
6
9:30 AM09:30

Women in Water Leadership Program - Applications Closing

Women and men have different yet complementary sets of skills in leadership, and it is this diversity of skills that we need to harness to manage the complex issues of our times, effectively.

Women are under-represented at the leadership table, particularly across the STEM, policy and governance fields.

We also know that organisations with gender diversity in leadership out-perform those with largely male-dominated governance structures.

Women and men have different yet complementary sets of skills in leadership, and it is this diversity of skills that we need to harness to manage the complex issues of our times, effectively.

The Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust offers a bespoke approach to women’s leadership – by offering a program just for women in the water and environmental management sector.  It largely follows the same approach as our Science to Policy Program, but offers time and space to learn, share and reflect on those challenges pertaining just to women.

 

2018-2019 Program dates & information

Application opening date:  Monday 30 July 2018

Application closing date:  Thursday 6 September 2018

Program dates: 
Session 1:  18-22 February 2019
Session 2:  6-9 May 2019

For more information and to register: http://www.petercullentrust.org.au/women-in-water/

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Save the Date! 2018 GDP Asian Regional Meeting
Jul
30
8:00 AM08:00

Save the Date! 2018 GDP Asian Regional Meeting

The 2018 Asia Regional Meeting will be held in Yinchuan, China on Monday, 30 July, 2018.  There will be a full day meeting on Monday, 30 July followed by a visit to Mengniu Yinchuan factory on Tuesday, 31 July.  

 
If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact Nata Wier at: nata.wier@globaldairyplatform.com.
 
More information and details will be forthcoming. 

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Dairy Research Foundation's 2018 Symposium
Jul
17
to Jul 18

Dairy Research Foundation's 2018 Symposium

The Dairy Research Foundation's 2018 Symposium will be held this year in Camden, NSW, July 17-18, with this year's focus on 'Revitalising Dairy Production'.

The Dairy Research Foundation’s signature event, the annual Symposium, is widely recognised throughout the Australian dairy industry as a showcase of dairy science in application.

The Symposium brings together the farm and dairy science communities, with a special focus on nurturing and developing young and emerging scientists and linking them with the farm sector.

This year we focus on ‘Revitalising Dairy Production’ through rearing young stock efficiently for the long-term profitability of the business; and through listening to the newer generation of farmers and professionals who will rejuvenate the industry through innovation and better management practices

The 2018 event will be in Camden, NSW. During the Symposium, we will hear from leading national and international speakers., whilst ‘Farm Day’ will be where we focus on our always inspiring Emerging Scientists, a competition which showcases up and coming superstars within the Dairy Industry.

The symposium program is being designed by a programming committee and will be released in April.

An outline of the event is as follows:

  • Industry and Symposium Day - Tuesday July 17th

  • Symposium Dinner - Tuesday July 17th

  • Farm Day - Wednesday July 18th

If you have any questions, or would like to be added to the mailing list for further updates, please contact the Event Organiser via the link below.

https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/12OQ7F

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Dairy Connect Farmers' Group Annual Conference
Jul
16
1:00 PM13:00

Dairy Connect Farmers' Group Annual Conference

We will be holding our annual Farmers Group conference to coincide with the Dairy Research Foundation (DRF) 2018 Symposium. The draft agenda can be found below:

1.00pm - Graham Forbes, President, Dairy Connect Farmers’ Group (20 min)

  • Welcome and President's report

Shaughn Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Connect (10 min)

  • Overview of nomination and election process
  • Ballots (if required)
  • Declaration of election of committee delegates
  • Chief Executive’s report

1.30pm - Speaker 1 (Cameron Quin or an MP) (30 min)

  • Mick Hanley, AGL ~ Energy Trial and Energy Package

2.00pm - Speaker 2 (James Simpson or Ron Heinrich) (30 min)

  • How the Industry is going to work its way forward

Q&A

2.30pm - General Business

3.00pm - Close

 

For more details contact shaughn.morgan@dairyconnect.com.au

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Nominations close for 2018/19 Farmers' Group positions
Jul
13
12:01 AM00:01

Nominations close for 2018/19 Farmers' Group positions

The Dairy Connect Farmers’ Group represent dairy farmers from all regions across NSW and at our Annual Conference will be conducting elections for positions for 2018/19 financial year. We are looking for representatives for each of our four regions:

Zone 1 – North Coast down to Kempsey
Zone 2 – Mid North Coast, Dubbo, Tamworth and Hunter
Zone 3 – Sydney basin and South Coast to Victoria
Zone 4 – Inland, Lachlan, Murrumbidgee and Murray


To be eligible for a position on our Farmers' Group you must be a financial member of Dairy Connect. To nominate, download our nomination form and send to shaughn.morgan@dairyconnect.com.au.

Nominations close on 13 July 2018.

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Farm Safety Manual Workshop - Casino
Jun
5
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Safety Manual Workshop - Casino

  • 253 Sextonville Road Casino, NSW, 2470 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At the end of 2017, Dairy Australia delivered Farm Safely Starter Kit Workshops in most Subtropical Dairy regions. This short workshop showed dairy farmers a practical, easy-to-use resource that is available to start a Farm Safety System or improve their existing system.  
 
Following on from this workshop, Dairy Australia have now developed the Farm Safety Manual Workshop. The Farm Safety Manual allows users to build a comprehensive Farm Safety System. It covers legal and practical requirements for 14 key safety topics for the farm. The Farm Safety Manual Workshop is a follow-on from the Farm Starter Safety Kit Workshop.

At the workshop, what you can expect?

  • How to use the Farm Safety Manual – you will be given one to take home
  • Getting started using 2-3 topics chosen by the audience
  • Access policies, self-assessments and other Word templates which you can modify and use in your business
  • A Farm Safety Expert in attendance to answer the ‘curly’ questions.

Each workshop will cover two topics that are most relevant to the group. The options are:

  • Quads and Motorbikes
  • Farm Chemicals
  • Fixed Plant
  • Working with Livestock

Please advise which two of the above topics you would like covered when you RSVP.

After the workshop

The Farm Safety Manual will take a fair bit of time to build and requires a few little nudges and incentives along the way to keep it going! So we will:

  • Follow up in 1-2 months after the workshop to see how you are going – do you need some assistance?
  • We can support small farmer groups to meet monthly to encourage and help each other
  • Supply a Dairy Safely – Home Safely sign for your farm gate when you have covered 10 topics.

For more information on Dairy Australia's Dairy Safely, Home Safely - click here

 

Details about the event


When:
Tuesday 5th June 2018
10.00am - 2.00pm (Morning tea from 9.30am)
 
Where:
Windara Nursery
253 Sextonville Road, Casino NSW

RSVP:
Wednesday 30th May 2018
Alicia Richters - 0427 916 650 or alicia@subtropicaldairy.com.au 

Cost:
$0 - this event is bought to you courtesy of Subtropical Dairy and Dairy Australia.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

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Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series Dubbo
May
17
7:00 AM07:00

Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series Dubbo

  • 195 Macquarie Street Dubbo, NSW, 2830 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

When: 17 May 2018 7am-9am

Facilitator: NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge HubNSW Government and Energy Efficiency Council

Venue: Milestone Hotel 195 Macquarie Street Dubbo

Cost: Free

Description:

Join us in Dubbo as we take our free Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series on the road. 

Learn practical ways businesses can reduce energy costs. 
 
Discover energy grants, subsidies and tax offsets available for business.
 
Hear local small businesses share how they have achieved success in energy efficiency. 

Meet researchers working on new energy technologies and innovations that could cut business costs. 

RSVP:
For program details, go here. 

To register, click here. 

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Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series Newcastle
May
16
7:00 AM07:00

Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series Newcastle

  • 70 Vale Street Shortland, NSW, 2307 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

When: 16 May 2018 7am-9am

Facilitator: NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge HubNSW Government and Energy Efficiency Council

Venue: Newcastle Institiute for Energy and Resources (NIER) 70 Vale Street Shortland

Cost: Free

Description:

Join us in Newcastle as we take our free Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series on the road. 

Learn practical ways businesses can reduce energy costs. 
 
Discover energy grants, subsidies and tax offsets available for business.
 
Hear local small businesses share how they have achieved success in energy efficiency. 

Meet researchers working on new energy technologies and innovations that could cut business costs. 

RSVP:
For program details, go here. 

To register, click here. 

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Introduction to Herd Nutrition Workshop - Casino
May
15
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Herd Nutrition Workshop - Casino

  • 253 Sextonville Road Casino, NSW, 2470 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This entry level workshop will cover the fundamentals of dairy cow nutrition with a practical focus on optimising the performance of milking cows fed temperate forages. 

Dr Brad Granzin, Executive Officer of Subtropical Dairy and Consulting Scientist from Australasian Dairy Consultants, will facilitate a one-day workshop focusing on the basics of dairy cow nutrition.

The workshop will begin with a morning theory session covering the following topics:

  • The major nutrients required for milk production and dairy cow maintenance;
  • An overview of the cow's digestive tract and how it absorbs and processes key nutrients.

This will be followed by a practical session after lunch focusing on:

  • Some key aspects to achieve maximum performance from cows fed temperate forages such as annual ryegrass over winter and early spring; 
  • Monitoring your herd for indicators of nutrition problems;
  • Balancing diets;
  • And a question and answer session.

This workshop is a great introduction to dairy cow nutrition science and practices.  It is also a great refresher for honing your nutrition skills.  

When:
Tuesday 15th May
9.30am start through to 2.30pm

Where:
Heritage Hotel
19 Cudgery St, Dorrigo

RSVP:
10th May to Alicia Richters
E: alicia@subtropicaldairy.com.au
PH: 0427 916 650

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Cost: 
Free - This workshop is funded by your levy, Dairy Australia and Subtropical Dairy.

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Introduction to Herd Nutrition Workshop - Dorrigo
May
15
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Herd Nutrition Workshop - Dorrigo

  • 19 Cudgery Street Dorrigo, NSW, 2453 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This entry level workshop will cover the fundamentals of dairy cow nutrition with a practical focus on optimising the performance of milking cows fed temperate forages. 

Dr Brad Granzin, Executive Officer of Subtropical Dairy and Consulting Scientist from Australasian Dairy Consultants, will facilitate a one-day workshop focusing on the basics of dairy cow nutrition.

The workshop will begin with a morning theory session covering the following topics:

  • The major nutrients required for milk production and dairy cow maintenance;
  • An overview of the cow's digestive tract and how it absorbs and processes key nutrients.

This will be followed by a practical session after lunch focusing on:

  • Some key aspects to achieve maximum performance from cows fed temperate forages such as annual ryegrass over winter and early spring; 
  • Monitoring your herd for indicators of nutrition problems;
  • Balancing diets;
  • And a question and answer session.

This workshop is a great introduction to dairy cow nutrition science and practices.  It is also a great refresher for honing your nutrition skills.  

When:
Tuesday 15th May
9.30am start through to 2.30pm

Where:
Heritage Hotel
19 Cudgery St, Dorrigo

RSVP:
10th May to Alicia Richters
E: alicia@subtropicaldairy.com.au
PH: 0427 916 650

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Cost: 
Free - This workshop is funded by your levy, Dairy Australia and Subtropical Dairy.

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Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series Sydney
May
15
7:00 AM07:00

Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series Sydney

  • 1 O'Connell Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

When: 15 May 2018 7am-9am

Facilitator: NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge HubNSW Government and Energy Efficiency Council

Venue: UNSW CBD Campus Theatre Level 6 1 O’Connell Street Sydney

Cost: Free

Description:

Join us in Sydney as we take our free Energy Savings for Business Breakfast Series on the road. 

Learn practical ways businesses can reduce energy costs. 
 
Discover energy grants, subsidies and tax offsets available for business.
 
Hear local small businesses share how they have achieved success in energy efficiency. 

Meet researchers working on new energy technologies and innovations that could cut business costs. 

RSVP:
For program details, go here

To register, click here. 

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Mustering up the value of herd improvement
May
10
10:00 AM10:00

Mustering up the value of herd improvement

  • 60 Nicholas Road Leongatha South, VIC, 3953 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dairy farmers and anyone interested in the link between herd improvement and profit, are invited to attend The National Muster, field day at the Jelbart farm, Leongatha South on 10 May.

  • Hear how the next generation of the Jelbart family is approaching their dairy business
  • Learn how astute genetic selection is now less complex.
  • Get the facts behind the claim that there are real profit gains to be made from using breeding indices and genomics.
  • See the figures on the value of genomic testing heifers.

Brought to you by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s ImProving Herds project and GippsDairy, the program includes:

  • ImProving Herds focus farmers: Tim Jelbart, Sam McCluggage (WVic), Jared Ireland (NVic), Brad O’Shannessy (NVic) 
  • The Jelbart support team: staff and advisors vet.
  • The ImProving Herds team.

Diary date: The National Muster
Thursday 10 May, 2018, from 10:00am
Jelbart Dairy, 60 Nicholas Rd, Leongatha South

Attendance is free but registration is essential: www.nationalmuster.com 

More information: Sallie Clynes, GippsDairy 0437 832 877 or info@gippsdairy.com.au

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RDA Hunter and CCGPS STEM Workforce & Education Conferences
May
10
to May 11

RDA Hunter and CCGPS STEM Workforce & Education Conferences

RDA Hunter and CCGPS are staging two days of not to be missed STEM workforce and education conferences in May 2018.

RDA Hunter’s STEM Workforce Conference on the 10th May 2018 at Crown Plaza Newcastle will be staged in conjunction with the CCGPS Future Focused Learning STEM Conference to be held on Friday 11th May at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Discounted two-day package rates available.

Day 1 Thursday 10th May 2018; RDA Hunter’s STEM Workforce Conference Crowne Plaza Newcastle
RDA Hunter has assembled some of the Country’s brightest futurists and STEM experts to discuss ‘the next big thing in STEM’ at its 2018 STEM Workforce Conference. The event will examine international and future trends and discuss the role science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) plays in the way we do business, the jobs we’ll be doing and how we’ll be doing them in industries such as Defence and Defence Industry, Energy, Agriculture and Medical Technologies.

Day 2 Friday 11th May 2018; CCGPS’ Future Focused Learning STEM Conference Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
The Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools Future Focused Learning STEM conference will bring together representatives from primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions, industry and key players in the STEM fields. It aims to provide schools with the knowledge and expertise to develop and implement world class STEM education programs in partnership with industry.

More info and registrations here.

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Applications close for 2018 Churchill Fellowship
Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Applications close for 2018 Churchill Fellowship

'A Churchill Fellowship can offer you (as an Australian citizen) the remarkable opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that you are passionate about.

It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence.

The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society.'

For more information and to apply, click here.

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Rethinking Antibiotic Use at Drying Off - Dairy Australia
Apr
17
12:30 PM12:30

Rethinking Antibiotic Use at Drying Off - Dairy Australia

Date: Tuesday 17th April 2018

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST

Presenters: Mark Humphris and Brian Corr

Cost: Complimentary

 

Learn how to reduce risks and save money by more selective use of antibiotic dry cow treatments.

Countdown project leader Mark Humphris will discuss:

  • How farmers can help stop the rise of "superbugs" that are resistant to antibiotics
  • Making the most of dry cow antibiotics
  • How to decide when which cows need only internal teat sealant at drying off


Dairy farmer Brian Corr will also discuss his experiences using part herd antibiotic dry cow therapy in a large herd.

More information: https://login.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/8807bc

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C4 Milk R&D Open Day
Apr
16
9:00 PM21:00

C4 Milk R&D Open Day

Find out about an alternative grazing management technique that can improve cows pasture intake rates, total pasture yield and milk production. Hear from farmers and see an animal experiment in full swing investigating the ideal pre and post grazing heights of Lucerne using the new grazing technique.

Also hear the latest on DAF’s mobile drafting gate system that aids differential feeding without splitting your herd and see preliminary findings on high protein novel forages.

Friday 18th May 2018 - 10.00am —1.30pm

Gatton Research Dairy, UQ Gatton Campus, Warrego Hwy QLD

RSVP 11th May to wendy.wallen@daf.qld.gov.au Lunch provided—please notify of dietary requirements

More information: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/3f57707e83dbef1f5f99264cc/files/df22078e-63e1-44d7-8e4e-c3e77e6d050c/Open_day_Flier.pdf

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Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Group - Dairy Farm Business Analysis Workshops
Apr
16
to Apr 17

Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Group - Dairy Farm Business Analysis Workshops

16th & 17th April, then 17th May
This is a 3 day workshop series with Presenter John Mulvany which comes highly recommended for dairy farmers and their advisors.
  • Learn how to understand and analyse your business (short and long term perspective) and know the right questions to ask and how to get the right answers!
  • Use DairyBase to get annual farm physical and financial number right
  • Interprets farm performance on cash, profit and wealth basis
CONTACT Greg Duncan phone 0477 044 047
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Closing date for community consultation period - NSW Water Reform Action Plan
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Closing date for community consultation period - NSW Water Reform Action Plan

The NSW Government's Water Reform Action Plan will deliver on its responsibility to ensure we have an equitable and transparent approach to the management of our water for current and future generations.

Have your say

As part of the water reforms being introduced, the NSW Government has released consultation papers for community feedback on:

For more information, read the NSW Water Reform Action Plan consultation overview and Implementing the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy fact sheet.

A Draft Exposure Bill and fact sheet has also been released.

Consultation period

The consultation for the discussion papers will run from 13 March to 15 April 2018.

Make a submission

You can have your say by making a submission in response to the discussion papers.

 

For more information and to find your local consultation session, click here.

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Young Farmer Banking Ready - Kyogle
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Young Farmer Banking Ready - Kyogle

The Young Farmer Business Project is bringing their 'Getting Started - Bank Ready' workshop to Kyogle on the 5th April 2018.

This FREE workshop will teach young farmers and growers how to be ‘Bank Ready’ when it comes to entering and/or expanding their agricultural business.
You'll hear from a local agribusiness finance lender on what is required when it comes to accessing rural finance:
* Finance options: buying, leasing, sharefarming, equipment loans
* What banks expect
* How to build a relationship with a bank
* Key finance terms
* Documents to impress a bank
* Planning for your future

The evening is a perfect opportunity for those wanting to know more about agricultural financing. There is big focus on discussion time during these sessions, so you can come armed with as many questions as you can think of.

More information: click here.

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Subtropical Dairy Programme (Casino) - 'Healthy Hooves' On-farm session
Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

Subtropical Dairy Programme (Casino) - 'Healthy Hooves' On-farm session

  • Fernbrook Loop Road Fernbrook, NSW, 2453 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Andres Ardila Avila, from the UQ Gatton Vet School will facilitate a hands-on workshop focusing on 'healthy hooves' in our dairy herds. 

Why bother with 'healthy hooves'?

  • Lame cows take time, energy and skill to treat properly.
  • Lame cows represent a financial cost to your farm business and, therefore, impact on profitability.
  • Lame cows produce less milk, lose weight, and take longer to cycle.
  • Reducing the number of lame cows in your herd requires a long-term, planned approach that is supported by the whole farm team.

Andres has planned a day around discussing the concept of 'healthy hooves' on our dairy farms in the morning session, followed by a hands-on practical session to make sure participants have some confidence around applying the concepts learnt and practicing the skills and techniques used on farm.

 

Details about the event

When:
Thursday 15th March @ 9.30am, for a 10am start, through to 2pm.
 
Where:
The Marks's farm
201 Fernbrook Loop Road
Fernbrook NSW 2453

Cost:
$0 this workshop is bought to you courtesy of Subtropical Dairy and Dairy Australia.
 
RSVP: 
By Tuesday 13th March to Alicia Richters to secure your spot, 0427 916 650 or alicia@subtropicaldairy.com.au  
Lunch will be provided

Please bring clean protective shoes or boots, a hat and chair. 

The size of the group will be kept to a manageable number to allow some practical hands-on coaching.  

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Milking Margins Summer Grazing & Irrigation - Casino - 7th March 2018
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Milking Margins Summer Grazing & Irrigation - Casino - 7th March 2018

  • 253 Sextonville Road Casino, NSW, 2470 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This Milking Margins workshop is tailored to the needs of your region, using scenarios to calculate the benefits and costs and will examine the following questions and topics.

  • Can you make more money by managing the Proportion of Ungrazed residual Pasture (PUP grazing)?
  • Is it worth managing tropicals in late summer?
  • Interested in growing more feed, freeing up time and making more money? ……. Maybe it’s time to change irrigation systems?
  • Choosing the best irrigation system for the shape of your paddocks.
  • An update on the latest C4 Milk project research from Gatton.

Ross Warren and Ray Murphy from the DAF dairy team will be delivering the workshop.

Details about the event

When:
Wednesday 7th March 2018
10am - 2pm
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Where:
Windara Nursery
253 Sextonville Road
Casino NSW 2470
 
RSVP: 
Friday 2nd March 2018
Calling the DAF Call Centre on 07 3404 6999 or
Email ray.murphy@daf.qld.gov.au

Cost:
$0 - this event is bought to you courtesy of DAF C4 Milk project, Dairy Fodder Water for Profit project, Subtropical Dairy and Dairy Australia
 

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