FARMERS looking to bounce back after a tough season are invited to a series of “shed days” being held by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia.
The Tactics for Dry Times – Autumn Recovery program will be rolled out across Gippsland in coming weeks, offering farmers information and strategies on how to approach the cooler months.
After an overwhelmingly positive response to the Dry Times events before Christmas, a series of shorter and sharper sessions will be held on host farms across the district.
Designed for small casual groups, these information days offer the opportunity to discuss what decisions have been made to deal with the season so far.
Plans for autumn in relation to water, bought-in feed and pasture management will also be discussed.
DEDJTR will cover tips for pasture establishment and the lessons learnt from previous dry seasons.
Each session will run for two and half hours with a light lunch supplied.
GippsDairy chairman and Fish Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll said many farmers in South Gippsland would be looking towards pasture renovation and feed options as their starting point for autumn recovery.
“The critical one right now is pasture,” he said.
“As far as pastures go, it’s about identifying where you are going to get bang for your buck with restoration programs.
“Do you spend money on buying in fodder or invest in your pasture?
“The other vital issue is feed and fodder for the winter with proper feed budgeting and monitoring of animal diets into the cooler months.”
GippsDairy projects and events coordinator Karen Romano said the Tactics for Dry Times – Autumn Recovery sessions were being held in response to farmer demand.
“Dairy farmers really responded to the initial roll out Tactics for Dry Times and were keen to attend sessions towards, what we hope, will be the end of a pretty tough season,” she said.
“These sessions, which are funded by dairy service levy funds, are aimed at providing practical information that farmers can immediately adapt to improve their farm business outcomes.”
The Tactics for Dry Times – Autumn Recovery sessions will be held at Barry and Suzanne and Anthony and Prue Cliff’s farm at 199 Airly Road, Stratford on February 23 from 10.30am to 1pm; the Macalister Demonstration Farm at Boggy Creek Road, Maffra on February 25 from 10.30am to 1pm (during the Focus Farm field day) and at Rod and Lyndell Cope’s Middle Tarwin farm at 91 Stewart and Dunlops Road on March 2 from noon to 2.30pm.
Please RSVP to John Gallienne at gallienne@dcsi.net.au or phone John on 0407 863 493.
Additional days are planned throughout the region in February and March. If you would like one arranged in your area, contact John Gallienne or GippsDairy on 5624 3900.