Fodder for the Future project to help Murray region farmers
Riverine Plains is pleased to be partnering with Murray Dairy in the delivery of the Fodder for the Future project, which is designed to help local dairy farmers, as well as hay, silage and grain producers, optimise both the quality and yield of a range of fodder species.
The project is a $1.6m investment over three years funded by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program to assist agricultural communities adapt to a water-limited future.
With less water available for pasture production in dairy systems, the use of silage and hay has become an increasingly important aspect of dairying across the region and the project aims to help build the skills and knowledge of dairy, hay and grain farmers to increase both the quality and yield of fodder produced on-farm.
To this end, six demonstration trials have been established across the Murray region of northern Victoria and southern NSW to look at the performance of a range of fodder types, including wheat, barley, oats, triticale and vetch.
One of these sites has been sown by Riverine Plains at Boorhaman in north-east Victoria, with the trial evaluating an oats/vetch mix sown at two different sowing rates and dates.
Results from the Boorhaman demonstration, along with results from the other demonstration sites, will provide farmers and service providers with an opportunity to look at the performance of different fodder species under a range of climatic and market conditions.
Establishing long-term relationships between dairy and fodder producers to increase risk management options, the diversification of income and resilience in business management is another key part of the project.
Riverine Plains will host a Field Day as part of the project on 31 August, 2021, COVID permitting. Further details will be available from our events page closer to this date.
Murray Dairy Fodder for the Future delivery partners include Riverine Plains, Agriculture Victoria, Birchip Cropping Group, Irrigated Cropping Council, University of Melbourne and Southern Growers.
For further information, or to learn how to become involved, please contact Riverine Plains Project Officer, Jane McInnes on 03 5744 1713 or email email@example.com.
This project was funded by the Australian Government under the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program.