Successful Dairy Production in the Sub-Tropics

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Type: PDF, Article
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

This resource is great for any dairy farmer within the subtropical dairy region of Australia, which spans from Kempsey in NSW in the south to the Atherton Tablelands in Far North QLD.  It has highly comprehensive information and is full of useful tools too!

This resource was produced by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in 2013 and summarises local and national feedbase management strategies relevant to the northern dairy industry focusing on forage, water and nutritional management.

It contains the important principles of developing tropical feeding systems in order to provide a perspective of how different feeding systems may apply to individual farms.

The key sections are:

  • Dairy production in the sub-tropics, including dairy systems, management and choice of forages and cow nutrition;
  • Technical strategies to manage a sub-tropical feedbase, including forage species agronomy, irrigation and feeding systems.

It also includes information on the factors which drive profitability of the various systems discussed, key performance indicators and economic parameters relating to the choice of feeding system.  Additionally, there is a comprehensive reference list included at the end of the resource if you require further information.

Whilst the information in this resource is focused on the subtropical region of Australia, from Kempsey in NSW in the south to the Atherton Tablelands in Far North QLD, it gives a comprehensive view of dairying and includes tools that would be useful for any dairy farmer.

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