Dairy Australia and the Australian Dairy Conference are offering one bursary to a young/emerging dairy farmer or farm worker in the Dairy NSW region to the 2014 Conference (25-27 February) in Geelong. The bursary covers conference registration plus to up $1000 to cover travel costs of attending the conference.
Expressions of interest must be received by 30 November.
Dairy Australia has received funding from the Department of Industry, through the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, to conduct 40 energy assessments across NSW for dairy farmers as part of the Smarter energy on Australian dairy farms project.
You have an opportunity to have an independent and trained service provider assess and benchmark your farm's electricity usage. They will also provide you with an action plan on strategies to reduce electricity usage and costs.
Fully funded energy assessments will be allocated subject to the receipt of a completed Expression of Interest which is being posted to all dairy farmers in NSW with a full explanation of the program. Alternatively if you want to register now click here.
Congratulations to Menai High School which was recently announced as the NSW winner of the 2013 Cows Create Careers Program.
John Fairly is one of three NSW farmers leading the way. Short-listed as one of three, John is a dairy farmer and branded milk producer at Picton NSW.
The 2014 National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) Dairy Farming Course Guide provides informaiton on the range of dairy farming programs throughout Australia. The information includes a description, short programs, industry programs and qualifications. It also includes duration, entry requirements, how to apply, career opportunities and units of study.
Whether it’s a new project idea, specific regional need, or any dairy research, development and extension feedback please let us know!
Q - What is the gold standard for dairy cow bedding in barns?
Some farms use sawdust, straw, ground up paper, corn stalks, sand, water beds, rubber and foam beds and even gel mat cow mattesses.
A - Sand
To use sand, make a deep bed, approximately 25-30cm under each cow with the bed higher in the front than back as cows like to lie up-hill. Remove wet or soiled sand each time the cows go to the milking parlour and groom and rake it every day. The main thing you want is that your cows have a dry and soft bed.
In the USA, when switching from a mattress to sand, a 1.8kg per cow milk increase was observed.