WITH a tough period behind them, South Gippsland dairy farmers are keen to start working towards better times ahead.
Making the most of this autumn will be crucial for setting up 2017/18 as the most productive and profitable year possible.
With that in mind, GippsDairy and Dairy Australia have organised a series of Tactics Farm Days focused specifically on autumn management.
These farm days will assist farmers to plan for autumn and the new financial year, with expert advice from GippsDairy’s regional extension team, nutritionists, agronomists, rural financial counsellors and farmers.
Some of the topics to be covered will include:
• Autumn tactics of the host farm
• Autumn feed planning
• Pasture renewal: methods, varieties and pest/weed management
• Discussion of soil test results and fertiliser options
• Transition cow management – practical application
• Tax planning, managing creditors and government support options
• Looking after yourself and your people.
The South Gippsland event will be held at Graeme, Jenny and Shaun Cope’s Fish Creek farm at 195 Kerrs Road on Thursday, March 16 from 11am to 2pm.
Other days will be held in the Macalister Irrigation District and at Labertouche.
Keynote speakers at the Fish Creek day will be Ridley Agriproducts consultant Richie McGrath and Brown’s Fertilisers agronomist Stuart McNaughton.
GippsDairy regional extension officer Karen Romano urged farmers to come along to the Autumn Tactics days.
“This autumn is seen as critical for helping farmers bounce back and prepare for next year, so these days will be a great investment of time for those who attend,” she said.
The Tactics Farm Days have been supported by Dairy Australia through GippsDairy, as well as the voluntary contribution of local farmers and service providers.
Lunch will be provided at all days. To register contact GippsDairy on 5624 3900 or info@gippsdairy.com.au
For more details contact Karen at GippsDairy on 0417 524 916 or karen@gippsdairy.com.au