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.”
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and other media. The Open day for Phase 2 will be held at Gatton on April 26.