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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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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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LESS WEEDS, BETTER PASTURE

The Less Weeds Better Pasture package provides practical information to producers and advisors on the growth and management of common weeds in pasture. Weed control is one of the three levers of pasture manipulation that we can make.
  • MLA
  • Lisa Miller, Jess Brogden
  • Southern Feed Base
  • 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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DUNG BEETLE PROJECT

To understand which dung beetle species are common or rarely encountered in different regions of Australia by monitoring 120 sites across Australia,  Meat & Livestock Australia is supporting a new project to enhance dung beetle benefits to farmers through funding from the Australian Government’s Rural Research & Development for Profit...
  • Charles Sturt University & MLA
  • Natalie Jenkins, Naomi Hender, Grace Evans
  • South West Victoria, Gippsland & Tasmania
  • Current
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CORANGAMITE CMA REGIONAL LAND PARTNERSHIPS

This Corangamite CMA RLP project is supported through the Australian Governments National Landcare Program phase two. SFS will work with farmers, community groups and agriculture industry groups to enhance soil health on farms. This project will focus on supporting farmers to make informed decisions to enhance soil condition under changing...
  • Corangamite CMA & Australian Governments NLP2
  • Lisa Miller
  • Corangamite NRM region
  • Current
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MIXED COVER CROPS FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING

A project is currently underway, focusing on ‘Mixed Cover Crops for Sustainable Farming’, with funding through the National Landcare Program Phase 2 (NLP2). Ag Excellence Alliance is leading the work and Southern Farming Systems have been subcontracted to undertake the work in south-west Victoria, Gippsland and Tasmania.
  • Australian Governments NLP2 & GRDC
  • Ashley Amourgis, Brett Davey, Natalie Jenkins
  • South West Victoria, Gippsland & Tasmania
  • Current
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MORE SUB CLOVER

The how do I get more sub clover package will provide producers and advisors with a simple diagnostic approach to assess clover pastures, identify the leading reasons for possible sub clover decline and what management practices are available to address these limitations.
  • MLA
  • Lisa Miller, Jess Brogden
  • Southern Feed Base
  • Current
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PERSISTENT & PRODUCTIVE PASTURES

The Persistent and Productive Pasture package will enable producers and advisors to assess their pasture condition and guide them to apply management practices to improve and address run down pastures. Project runs from Sept 2018 to Dec 2021
  • MLA
  • Lisa Miller, Jess Brogden
  • Southern Feed Base
  • Current
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REALISING BENEFITS FROM SHEEP eIDS

With eID in sheep now mandatory in Victoria, there are many benefits for producers to use the technologies on-farm to help assist in decision making and increasing productivity.
  • MLA
  • Tahlia Ferguson
  • South West Victoria
  • Current

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