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.
Take home messages from the paper include:
- The whole farm modelling with the inclusion of the export hay enterprise in the mid-north region of South Australia (SA) shows that export hay provides both improved profits and better climate risk management for the farming system.
- However, while the export hay enterprise can deliver both financial and agronomic benefits, it is not an enterprise that farmers can choose to go in and out of between seasons.
- Export hay production is an enterprise that requires high levels of management skill and dedication, as the rewards will only be available to those growers who implement a ‘continual management improvement’ approach to their business.