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Dairy systems analysis – M5 Information Series


The Sustainable Dairy Farm Systems for Profit project, undertaken between 2001 and 2005, at Mutdapilly Research Station and on associated commercial farms, investigated the potential impact of intensification of five subtropical dairy farming systems on business productivity, on the social well being of farming families and on the farm environment.

These documents form part of the M5 Project Information Series.  Please note that due to the time lag since this research, many of the contact links will be irrelevant.

Background to the “Sustainable dairy farm systems for profit” project  .3mb

Farm Systems

M1 Farmlet – Dairy farming in the subtropics with raingrown pastures and no irrigation  .6mb

M2 Farmlet – Dairy farming in the subtropics with raingrown pastures and limited irrigation  .5mb

M3 Farmlet – Dairy farming with annual crops and limited irrigation  1mb

M4 Farmlet – Dairy farming in the subtropics with high use of irrigation on crops and pastures  .6mb

M5 Farmlet – Feedlot dairy farming in subtropical Australia  .6mb


Economics of concentrate feeding  .2mb

Mixer wagons – some observations  .2mb

Crossbreeding in dairy herds  .2mb

Batch calving in dairy herds  .1mb

Reducing the impact of hot weather  .4mb

Water use

Steps to making efficient use of water  .3mb

Water use efficiency of forages on subtropical dairy farms  .3mb

Estimating annual irrigation water requirements  .2mb


Environmental strengths and weaknesses of subtropical dairy farming systems  .6mb

Managing weeds under reduced tillage  .5mb

Managing the riparian zone on dairy farms  1mb

Soil Nutrients – the contribution made by purchased feeds  .2mb


The role & experience of M5 project ‘companion’ dairy farms  .5mb

Social and family aspects of dairy farm expansion  .3mb

Labour management checklist – a series of questions and answers  .1mb


Profitable dairying is possible  .3mb

Flow diagram for dairy farmers formulating their strategic direction – to expand, diversify or cease production  .1mb

Tools and Models

Dairy Predict. A dairy feedbase and enterprise planning tool

Dairy Herd Model v3