Project

Fodder for the Future

Fodder for the Future

Murray Dairy are partnering with the grain and fodder industries to deliver six winter forage demonstration sites across the northern Victoria and southern Riverina dairy areas. This project has been funded by the Federal Government under the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

 

The project aims to support dairy businesses at a time when increasing numbers of farms have moved away from relying on perennial pastures and are now growing more winter and summer crops.

 

Murray Dairy have joined forces with six other organisations to establish trial and demonstration sites that will showcase a range of winter crops and management strategies to maximise yield, quality, and profitability. As well as the site Irrigated Cropping Council trial at Kerang, they are partnering with Agriculture Victoria at Tatura, Birchip Cropping Group at Mitiamo, Melbourne University at Dookie, Southern Growers at Finley and Riverine Plains near Rutherglen.

More Info

Visit the Murray Dairy website for full details about the project

Sites

Six demonstration sites have been set up to to look at the economic and biophysical performance of different cereal varieties under a range of climatic and market conditions in the southern Murray-Darling Basin region. 

irrigation at block

Crops

The demonstrations include wheat, oats, barley, vetch, with some sites focusing on faba beans, and some on canola. Other trials include nitrogen application, Sowing rates and dates as well as Irrigation and dryland comparisons.

Trial site long
2021 crop

ICC Kerang Trial

Murray Dairy has partnered with the Irrigated
Cropping Council through the Fodder for the
Future project to conduct demonstration trials
investigating management strategies for
cereals and faba-beans as fodder for dairy
cows.

Sowing Dates

The first trial will look at the impact of sowing
dates and seeding rates for wheat (Cesario)
and oats (Forrester) crops

Faba Beans

The second trial is looking at how faba-beans
(PBA Bendoc) might fit into a dairy farm fodder strategy. Faba-beans are a high yielding and high quality crop that could potentially provide excellent feed for dairy cows.
Sowing 2020 trial sites

Full Trial Details

Download the full Kerang trial information here

Collaborators


Fodder for the future

Results

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