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Solar PV & Irrigation - REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

Are you considering whether it is feasible to "go off the grid" with Solar PV??

The Dairy & Fodder Water for Profit program has recently finsihed a project looking at the current technologies available and the feasibility of installing Solar PV systems for our irrigation systems. Have a look at the report here. Four fact sheets have been developed also to give you an overview of the outcomes of the project. These include:

Solar PV

Batteries for Solar PV

Things to Consider with Solar PV and Irrigation

Feasibility of Solar PV for Irrigation

The project was funded through the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines, through the Rural Water Use Efficiency for Irrigation Futures program. The report was complied by The Energy Guys and Epho, with assistance through Daley's Water Service.




QDO/SDP North Queensland Forum
This week QDO and SDP held a joint forum in Malanda to provide local dairy farmers and industry stakeholders with a range of presentations on the latest market information and outlook for the industry domestically and internationally, and on current programs and issues under management for the industry, and a brief on the current review of the Dairy Australia Levy Process. The forum saw presentations from Dairy Australia, Australian Dairy Farmers, Subtropical Dairy Programme, NRM program and QDO. At the forum the QDO announced this year’s winner of ‘Lindsay Volz Award’, which was Des and Lyn O’Connor whom have given many years of dedicated service the local tablelands dairy industry. The QDO also held its AGM following the forum. The QDO would like to again thank the sponsors for the event being; Dairy Australia, Austsafe Pty Ltd, Elanco Animal Health, Elders, Honeycombes Sales and Service, Lion Dairy & Drink Australia Pty Ltd, QRAA, Safe Food Production Queensland, Subtropical Dairy Programme Ltd, and Tableland Veterinary Service.



UQ DAIRY UPDATE VIDEOS – ON LINE: The C4Milk team are proud to present the first of their monthly UQ dairy update video clips. The video’s can be accessed through the Queensland Agriculture Youtube channel and will also be linked to dairyinfo.biz, YDN pages, UQ pages and Qld Gov Facebook page as well promoted through QDO, SDP and DAF groups. At this stage they have produced the UQ dairy update video with Phil Martin (Gatton dairy manager) presenting the UQ dairy figures, summer feed harvest and current trial work. There is also a clip updating industry on the progress of C4Milk’s fodder beet demonstration with UQ. Thanks in the production of these video’s goes out to Kieran Ison, Kieran Bourke (both from dairy farms) and Jordan Minniecon. The C4 team would like to hear your thoughts on these videos if you have any feedback.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/QldAgriculture/status/591491159576346624

Latest report is now available to download here:
The Queensland Dairy Accounting Scheme (QDAS) was established to improve the understanding of business principles among advisors and dairy farmers by providing farm management accounting and analysis. It also examines the business traits of profitability, solvency and efficiency whilst helping dairy farmers make informed business decisions.
The data is collected and processed between August and November and supervised by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Farmer participation in QDAS is voluntary and free. Results and trends need to be interpreted carefully as QDAS farms have larger herds and produce more milk per farm than the Queensland average.
There is no charge for the service, and all individual records and reports are confidential.
All co-operators in QDAS use on-farm computers to collate monthly accounts, produce Business Activity Statements (BAS) and/or provide compiled data for taxation preparation. Co-operating farmers use a coding system that is compatible with all these statements and uses.
For further information contact:
Ray Murphy
Senior Scientist (Dairy Farm Business Management)
Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
PO Box 102
Phone: 07 4688 1094
Email: Ray.Murphy@daff.qld.gov.au























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