Research from the Netherlands suggests methane-busting red seaweeds may do more harm than good.
The irrigation farm is run as a not-for-profit commercial dairy farm, with an education and trial component.
A laser-grading project was initiated this year at the Macalister Demonstration Farm to improve pasture production and flood irrigation.
The DairyFeedbase Future Forage Value Index project is aiming to develop a 'next generation' Forage Value Index for the Australian dairy industry.
Tasmanian dairy farmer Duncan MacDonald has used the Forage Value Index to help guide his choice of perennial ryegrass.
West Gippsland dairy farmer Aubrey Pellett said his global research through a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship indicated that improving the quantity and quality of this valuable paddock feed resource could seriously improve farm productivity.
RESEARCH conducted by the DairyFeedbase project First 100 Days has reinforced the importance of the type of cereal grain and high-quality forage provided during early lactation.
ACCESS to independent agronomic trial data and economic analysis for a range of ryegrass varieties has been invaluable for Westbury, Vic, dairy farmer Stuart Griffin, who has converted his entire property to this perennial pasture in the past few years.
Making informed decisions about resowing perennial ryegrass is easier thanks to the updated Forage Value Index (FVI).