Pasture-based dairy: what is possible?

Reading Time: 8 minutes

I am challenging farmers to think differently about how their farm systems are set up, especially in terms of their reliance on concentrates and fertiliser inputs. There is an alternative approach to the current convention.

Green pasture

Growing pasture with minimal nitrogen fertiliser

Reading Time: 3 minutes

How low have farmers been able to come with nitrogen fertiliser rates, while still maintaining optimal pasture growth?

Dairy cows

Case study: How to reduce your carbon footprint

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Agriculture is often pointed at as the source of high greenhouse gas emissions. How can dairy farmers reduce their carbon footprint?

Bank coins and notes

Evidence of the economic advantages of working with Trace & Save

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Farmers do not gain economic advantages because they make use of the Trace & Save tools. Farmers improve because they manage their farms better – the tools help them to do this.

Pastures

Case study: Growing cheaper pastures

Reading Time: 6 minutes

The take-away challenge is for farmers to assess whether their fertiliser costs are decreasing per pasture produced. Are you growing cheaper pastures?

Cows grazing lucerne pastures

Case study: Improving nitrogen fertiliser efficiency

Reading Time: 8 minutes

I hope this case study encourages farmers who are in the process of adapting their management in order to achieve greater nitrogen fertiliser efficiency.

Irrigation pivot

How much water does it take to produce a litre of milk?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

The average water use across farms is therefore 911 litres of water per litre of milk. The main point I would like to make though is that the water use efficiency varies between the different farm systems.

Journey to sustainability

Case study: The journey to sustainability

Reading Time: 9 minutes

The SWAN system is composed of soil, water, atmosphere and nutrient components. The best way to show how these integrated and interrelated measures reflect the journey of improving agricultural sustainability is to show a case study of a farm which has become more sustainable over the past five years.

Body builders and milk flocculation association

Reading Time: 6 minutes

This article will demonstrate that milk flocculation is caused by calcium instability which is induced by excess potassium on pasture systems.  Also contributing is rumen pH fluctuations caused by rumen acidity or alkalinity due to sudden nutritional changes.

Biodiversity

Identifying the opportunities for biodiversity management

Reading Time: 11 minutes

A healthy agro-ecosystem contributes both directly and indirectly to agricultural production, and more emphasis should be placed on restoring and maintaining healthy agro-ecosystems.