Nitrogen on Pastures Check List – Pasture Utilization

Generally excess feed in mid-winter is rare.  That said maximising pasture utilization should be a constant aim and consideration.  In ryegrasses pasture quality starts to drop after the third leaf and in phalaris it’s the fourth leaf.  Check that the older leaves are... read more

Nitrogen on Pastures Check List – Sources and readiness

Following the planning article on developing a feed wedge, lets talk about the pasture height or quantity and the amount and type of nitrogen to apply. Firstly, the nitrogen influences the size of the emerging leaf, often the number of tillers and not the time it... read more

RIRDC Report – Tax in Agriculture

  The RIRDC Report “Tax In Agriculture” is interesting and thought provoking reading for anyone who has an interest in Australian Agriculture. The authors (Jonathan Forest and Su McCluskey) have conducted a methodical review and provided thoughtful and useful... read more

Collaborative Farming

If you are over the age of 35, you probably like working to achieve a goal, you tend to rely on self to get things done and you like structure. The next generation is different, just as we are different to the baby boomers. The next generation like to multi-task, are... read more

Profitable Farming Tip #27: Take a holiday

Any family business owner will tell you they don’t have time to take a holiday, but in doing so they may be doing themselves and the business a disservice.
We all know that farmers easily work up to 12 – 16 hours a day, six days a week – sometimes more!

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Are you working IN the business or ON the business?

Why is owning and operating a farm business such hard work. There are a myriad of areas in which farmers need to be an expert: marketing, production, mechanical repairs, workplace health and safety, pasture management, accounting and animal husbandry to name a few. Often farmers are so busy working in the business that often they forget to work on the business.

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Nutrients to be applied to gain improved Fodder Yields

Back to my first idea: questioning the reasons for applying the various major nutrients and considering the amounts of each required to produce good quality fodder. My first thought is that fertilizer applications are needed to boost plant growth in the 6 weeks or so that the paddock is shut up.

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Spring Lucerne planting

The only thing stopping the operation beginning should be the traffic-ability of the paddock: if it’s too wet to drive across, it’s too wet for planting. The soil temperature is usually the next consideration as we come out of winter.

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Plenty of water

This year with the amount of water about most people will be assured of a good spring. It could fail but that is unlikely. But a good spring won’t make a good year financially for anyone who has a large area of barley and or wheat and is exposed to the spot market.

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Conserving Fodder

Why do we consider ‘conservation’ of paddocks anyway? One of the reasons for it is to help manage pasture composition. Another is to have reserves when the dry feed has completely gone or for specific programs like containment feeding. And, of course, that is only considered in the years when we anticipate pasture growth will be greater than the requirements of the old and new models of forage harvesters that we have on hand.

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