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Understanding the Research, Development & Extension needs of the fodder industry

Victoria is the engine room of Australia’s fodder production (40% of Australian total, 90% sales), yet the domestic fodder production (hay / silage) is very laissez faire.  It operates primarily through many individuals making decisions depending on seasons, circumstances and local demand (unlike the fodder export industry, which has its...
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • Current
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Correct design of on farm water reticulation systems

It has been identified by merchandise business's in the East Grampians region for developing skills within business to provide appropriate design and planning advice on expenditure on infrastructure of tanks, pipes and troughs is adequate for drought conditions.
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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Review of the functioning of the Victorian emergency water supply network

Through the South West node it was identified that the network of 300 emergency water supply points (EWSPs)  across Victoria that provide water carting for emergency stock and domestic purposes and firefighting are managed and maintained by a range of organisations, including local councils and urban and rural water corporations....
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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Containment for livestock

It has been identified that is commonly recognised the need to have livestock containment areas on farms is a good risk management tool in drought, but there are many questions around issues with these area's that we may or may not have the answers too.  
  • This Project is supported by Southern Farming Systems & Riverine Plains Inc, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • Lisa Miller
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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Building Capacity to Manage Mental Health

The South West node is funding pilot projects to work through way's to build capacity in the community around mental health, as it is a recurring theme identified by farmers, merchandise business's, advisors and the financial sector. The impact of climate on our agricultural communities mental health is significant and...
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund and Gorst Rural
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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South West Node of the Victorian Drought Hub

The Australian Government have established a Future Drought Fund to enhance the resilience of rural and regional communities to cope with the impacts of drought. The fund provides opportunity to invest in research, development and innovative solutions for people and businesses when entering into, during and coming out of drought....
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • Cemlyn Martin
  • SW Victoria
  • Current
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BUILDING DROUGHT RESILIENCE

How prepared is your farming business to predicted climate change? Climatic risk (including drought) is an accepted part of farming and historically most businesses have been able to survive these challenging periods and rebound.  However climate change is increasing this variability, to an extent that events are predicted to be...
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Future Drought Fund
  • Tahlia Ferguson
  • SW Victoria
  • Current
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BUILDING THE RESILIENCE AND PROFITABILITY OF CROPPING AND GRAZING FARMERS IN THE HIGH RAINFALL ZONE OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA.

A consortium of Farming Groups, Landcare, industry bodies, private enterprise, Government agencies and a University from across three States to address soil acidification and build more resilient farm businesses.
  • Australian Government's NLP2 & GRDC
  • Bret Ryan, Lisa Miller
  • Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia (inc. Kangaroo Island)
  • Current

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