Craig Calvert is planning to feedlot his dry cows and heifers as an interim measure to manage his pastures after bushfire scorched his farm in late December.
Having satellites and drones survey his permanent pastures does not phase dairy farmer Peter Musson of MacArthur, Western Victoria.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries staff based at Gatton, Qld, are substituting traditional methods for measuring pastures, such as transects and rising-plate meters, for drones equipped with small cameras.
Dairy farmers who have chosen to renovate perennial pastures this autumn are encouraged to use Dairy Australia's Forage Value Index (FVI) to select the right ryegrass for their farm and ensure they are making the best decisions for the year ahead.
Managed well, the recovery after a bushfire provides an opportunity to improve pastures and farm layout.
Recent rains have had an instant impact on demand for hay as livestock producers look to reduce imported fodder.
Reducing and controlling the cost of feed has been assisted at the Robertson's dairy farm with the introduction of maize production.
Cow dry matter intake can increase by up to five kilograms per day by offering large volumes of lucerne pasture under a new approach to grazing management.
Western Australian dairy farmer Michael Twomey is taking part in a new program to better assess his irrigation system performance and optimise pasture and crop yields.
Dairy farmers in south-west Victoria will have the opportunity to learn more about their feeding system options at two upcoming workshops.