Farm Table says:
The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.
- Dual-purpose (DP) crops can increase farm profit on the Tablelands, Slopes and Plains of southern NSW
- Higher whole-farm profit relies on attention to detail with crop and livestock management. Establishing the right crop early and correct lock-up time are key to increase profit and reduce risk
- Tough 2017-2019 years (good livestock prices) demonstrate profitable and flexible ‘exit’ options
- Ongoing refinement to deal with new and emerging issues with DP systems are discussed.
Table 1. Typical examples of forage, grain yield and gross margins achieved from well-managed
dual-purpose crops by collaborating growers in southern NSW