Gatton Dairy News

9 Feb 2016 - C4 Milk, White sorghum headlage harvest (video)

28 Jan 2016 - C4Milk dairy team pushing forage boundaries (article)

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How much high quality forage can a cow eat whilst maintaining high levels of profitability and productivity? From March the UQ/DAF Gatton Research Dairy will commence a dairy cow feeding trial over a three month period to show how high levels of home grown forages fed in the autumn affect milk production. The trial aims to push the boundaries of feeding high quality forage to dairy herds to reduce the reliance of producers on purchased concentrates. Dairy competes for concentrates such as grain and protein meal on an ever increasing basis against other food industries. Over time this leads to proportionally higher costs of bought in feed. One of the key advantages of the tropical dairy production systems is our ability to grow a large amount of forage; however managing the quality of the forage can be difficult at times which is what the trial aims to show case.The C4Milk Team has been refining the management of crops and pastures in recent years, the trial will implement many of these practices including headlage, soybean silage, brassicas and high chop corn as part of high milk potential diets for the autumn feed gap.

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28 Jan 2016 - UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics for November and December 2015 (pdf)
8 Dec 2015 - Feeding Fodder Beet 2015 (video)

6 Nov 2015 - UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update for Sept and Oct 2015 (pdf)
14 Aug 2015 - Fodderbeet sampling

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The C4MILK DAF dairy team at UQ Gatton are sampling their fodder beet demonstration crop. The beet has been in the ground for 110 days and is growing well. Find out yields and quality at our next “Walking the Seasons” field day. Check out the photos below.

Gatton Aug 1Amy Barber (Dairy Team Leader, DAF) holding a ‘Brigadier’ fodder beet plant.

Gatton Aug 2‘Brigadier’ fodder beet plant at 110 days. A large proportion (up to 80%) of the bulb grows above the ground.

Gatton Aug 3Sam Adams (Development Officer, DAF) holding a sampling bin.

Gatton Aug 4‘Suga’ fodder beet plant at 110 days. The entire bulb grows in the ground.

8 July 2015 - UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update for June (video)

8 July 2015 - UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update for June 2015 (pdf)
26 May 2015 - UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update for May 2015 (video)

26 May 2015 - UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update for May 2015 (pdf)
25 May 2015 - Fodder beet development trial update (video)

24 April 2015 - Fodder beet development trial update (video)

The C4MILK project is trialling a range of feedbase options to increase milk from forage and reduce feed related costs on-farm. Typically fodder beet is a high yielding (>25 t DM/ ha), high in metabolisable energy (12 MJ/ kg DM) and low in neutral detergent fibre (23%) crop, however the potential for grazing and ensiling fodder beets has not yet been evaluated in sub-tropical environments. The aim of this developmental trial is to identify if fodder beet can be used as an alternative forage source to fill the Autumn and Spring feed gaps in both grazing and TMR feeding systems and associative yield, quality and cost/benefit analysis relative to its utilisation and potential suitability within sub-tropical dairy feeding systems. Watch this short clip below to keep up-to-date with the development trial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 April 2015 - UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update for April (video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update for Nov - Dec 2014 (pdf)