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Weekly update from the Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation.
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QDO Launch New Website

QDO has launched it’s newly moderised dairypage.com.au site. The site allows members greater accessibility to news and membership content. The website was designed in-house and will be an asset in furthering the interests of dairy farmers in Queensland. QDO encourage you to take a look and provide feedback on the content and usability of the site.

VIEW NEW WEBSITE HERE

Q.C.A's Shocking Determination

QCL Article By QDO President Brian Tessmann

The recently released draft determination of 8% to 14% hike retail electricity price hikes for small business in 2016/17 has truly shocked many Agricultural consumers. For an average dairy shed consuming 60000 kWh per annum on tariff 62 the bill will increase by around $1280 per annum...

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Beating Drought with Agricultural Insurance

Farm businesses have a new tool to help protect against the perils of drought, frost, hail and fire, with the Australian Government today announcing the introduction of the Managing Farm Risk Programme.

 

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Dairy producer says Rural Counselling saved her business:

ABC Rural Article by David Sparkes
A dairy farmer who sought the assistance of a rural financial counselling service almost two decades ago says it saved her business and is now encouraging others to do the same.
ABC RURAL ARTICLE
FIND YOUR NEAREST RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELLOR

DAF Trial phase 2 underway:

The DAF Developmental Trail is now in Phase 2. This part of the trial is drawing similarities with dryland dairy systems. The forages in this phase include forage sorghum silage, white sorghum headlage and lablab.
The PMR herd is grazing a lablab pasture that was planted in December 2015. The cows are being fed fresh strips each evening with a backing tape being moved each day. The regrowth of this crop will be utilised by the Gatton Dairy commercial herd later in autumn. The mixed ration for this herd includes forage sorghum silage and white sorghum headlage.

The TMR herd is being fed the same forages as the PMR with the addition of lablab silage; this lablab was conserved in a “silage sausage.”

Follow the trial with us through QDO updates, www.dairyinfo.biz and other media. The Open day for Phase 2 will be held at Gatton on April 26.
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QFF Launch Natural Disaster & Drought Support Website for Farmers

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has launched a new website farmerdisastersupport.org.au designed to assist Queensland farmers and primary producers with simplified and localised support during natural disasters and drought.
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Having troubles with the heat? Check out Dairy Australia’s ‘cool cows’

Given this recent humidity and hot weather it is worth checking out the useful tips on the Cool Cows program.

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Drought still bites production:


Dairy Australia’s latest milk production report shows that production in February 2016 was 1.5% lower than the preceding February. The national year-to-date (YTD) figure was also down 0.7%.

The YTD totals were up in almost all states, except Victoria at -1.8% and Queensland at -2.4%. The bright spot was WA which has seen a YTD lift of 6.5% and a monthly lift of 13%.Tasmania also saw a solid monthly increase of 2.4% but all the other states were static or retrograde, notably Victoria where production slid -3.3%. Western Victoria saw a decrease of -9% in the month, leading to a YTD deficit of 0.4%. The north of Victoria production dropped -0.6%, adding to a YTD figure of -2.5% while Gippsland’s February production slipped -0.5%, and the YTD also fell to -2.7%.

Giant rat's tail grass info day:

Gympie Regional Council is coordinating two Giant Rats Tail Grass Information Days at the Woolooga Hall (between Gympie & Kilkivan) on Friday 15 April & again on Saturday 16 April 2016. The information days will include a number of speakers from Gympie Regional Council, Integrated Vegetation Management Group (IVM), local graziers and Biosecurity Queensland, who will be discussing topics such as:
  • council services and projects
  • long term management options
  • research into biological control (including crown rot)
  • new research
  • identification of GRT and similar grasses
  • spray techniques and control options
This is a free information day and places are limited so prior registration is compulsory. To register, please phone 1300 307 800 or visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au
Venue: Woolooga Hall, 8 Thomas Street Woolooga
Times: 8am to 2pm Morning tea and BBQ lunch will be provided
As this is a field session please wear appropriate footwear, clothing and a hat.
REGISTER HERE

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Farm is situated in Bundaberg region and would suit person with dairy experience or perhaps someone who has recently retired from the industry.

Would be required to start in approx 2 weeks, accommodation can be provided. Interested parties should call 0427 589 899.
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