Effluent Field Day - Pilton
May
31
10:00 am10:00

Effluent Field Day - Pilton

Wondering what to do with your effluent? Do you have unanswered questions or problems around how to maintain your system?

The key speaker for the field day is Mick O’Keefe (DPIVic), an Effluent System Designer and expert in effluent management. Mick will utilise the host farms system as a basis of providing information about effluent management and reuse systems.

This field day is for you if you are looking for:

  • options for upgrading or installing an effluent system - this field day will enable you to look at a current system in operation and provide you with alternative options also. 
  • cost benefit of effluent management and reuse ($)
  • information on how to solve some management issues around maintenance and application (ie crusting, anaerobic ponds) 

Effluent is not just an environmental issue we must manage, it also provides for a great source of nutrients and a fantastic soil conditioner.

Host Day Farm Information
Farm: Brendan, Corrie and Frances Hayden
Average Annual Milkers: 195 Cows
Annual Milk Production: 1.5 million litres  
Effluent Capture System: 2 pond effluent system
Effluent Reuse System: Shandy with irrigation water for application via centre pivot

Effluent represents more than $3,000 in fertiliser replacement value alone for the Hayden's.

LOCATION: Brendan, Corrie & Frances Hayden’s Farm
Bruanna, 378 Pilton Valley Rd, Pilton Q 4361

DATE: Wednesday 31st May 2017

TIME: 10am - 12pm followed by lunch

RSVP: Monday 29th May to Ruth Chalk on 0400 669 994 or ruth@dairypage.com.au 

FYI PLEASE BRING ALONG A CHAIR

ACCC & QDO meeting - Malanda
Jun
1
10:00 am10:00

ACCC & QDO meeting - Malanda

Staff from ACCC will attend the meeting and discuss the current ACCC inquiry into the dairy industry.

Topics and issues to be covered will include:

  • One dollar milk and six dollar cheese
  • the nature of the contracts between dairy processors and the major retailers
  • the nature of contracts between the major processors and dairy farmers
  • trading of raw milk amongst processors and whether milk swaps between particular processors harms competition 

Eric Danzi will also attend the meeting and will give members an update on other activities that QDO is currently involved in.

LOCATION: Lion Training Room, Malanda
DATE: Thursday 1st June 2017
TIME: 10am – 2pm


Effluent Field Day - Boonah
May
30
10:00 am10:00

Effluent Field Day - Boonah

Wondering what to do with your effluent? Do you have unanswered questions or problems around how to maintain your system?

The key speaker for the field day is Mick O’Keefe (DPIVic), an Effluent System Designer and expert in effluent management. Mick will utilise the host farms system as a basis of providing information about effluent management and reuse systems.

This field day is for you if you are looking for:

  • options for upgrading or installing an effluent system - this field day will enable you to look at a current system in operation and provide you with alternative options also. 
  • cost benefit of effluent management and reuse ($)
  • information on how to solve some management issues around maintenance and application (ie crusting, anaerobic ponds) 

Effluent is not just an environmental issue we must manage, it also provides for a great source of nutrients and a fantastic soil conditioner.

Host Day Farm Information
Farm: Steven & Leanne Wieland's Farm
Average Annual Milkers: 250 Cows
Annual Milk Production: 1.5 million litres  
Effluent Capture System: 2 pond effluent system
Effluent Reuse System: Slurry Tanker and pump through travelling irrigator

Effluent capture includes both concrete feedpad and dairy yards. Effluent represents more than $7,000 in fertiliser replacement value alone for the Wieland's.

LOCATION: Steven & Leanne Wieland's Farm
1479 Carneys Creek Rd, Carneys Creek, Boonah Q 4310

DATE: Tuesday 30th May 2017

TIME: 10am - 12pm followed by lunch

RSVP: Monday 29th May to Ruth Chalk on 0400 669 994 or ruth@dairypage.com.au 

FYI PLEASE BRING ALONG A CHAIR

QCL DAIRY FOOD HEROES TOUR IN BEAUDESERT
May
11
12:00 pm12:00

QCL DAIRY FOOD HEROES TOUR IN BEAUDESERT

Join Queensland Country Life and our Food Heroes partners each month as we tour different agricultural businesses across the state. The fourth forum will take place in Beaudesert on May 11, where the big issues impacting the dairy industry will be discussed.

The event will be held at QDO member’s Mark Platell’s property and QDO Vice President Ross McInnes will be representing the industry.

Please RSVP on the Queensland Country Life website: http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4400947/rsvp-for-food-heroes-tours/

Apr
27
5:00 pm17:00

Mareeba Valuation Meeting

WHERE: Jackaroo Motel, 340 Byrnes St

Want to know more about your recent annual land valuation notice? We’ve all joined forces to co-host some meetings in your area. John Moore from the ‘AgForce Valuation Service’ will hold some information sessions in the Tablelands.

Agenda to include:

  • The term “Unimproved Value” and how do the State Valuation Service arrive at your rating valuations?
  •  Sales in the area used to value your property, are they appropriate?
  •  Your Unimproved Value and how does it fit with other valuations in the area (visual demonstration using QLD Globe and projector)
  •  The objection process and tips for making a successful objection

    RSVP to jacksont@agforceqld.org.au or 0408786057.

    Light refreshments will be available.

These meetings are supported by the Community Drought Support programme.

Apr
27
1:00 pm13:00

Atherton Valuation Meeting

WHERE: Merriland Cafeteria, 24 Robert St

Want to know more about your recent annual land valuation notice? We’ve all joined forces to co-host some meetings in your area. John Moore from the ‘AgForce Valuation Service’ will hold some information sessions in the Tablelands.

Agenda to include:

  • The term “Unimproved Value” and how do the State Valuation Service arrive at your rating valuations?
  •  Sales in the area used to value your property, are they appropriate?
  •  Your Unimproved Value and how does it fit with other valuations in the area (visual demonstration using QLD Globe and projector)
  •  The objection process and tips for making a successful objection

    RSVP to jacksont@agforceqld.org.au or 0408786057.

    Light refreshments will be available.

These meetings are supported by the Community Drought Support programme.

Apr
27
9:00 am09:00

Millaa Millaa Valuation Meeting

WHERE: RSL Hall, Cnr of Oak & Wattle St

Want to know more about your recent annual land valuation notice? We’ve all joined forces to co-host some meetings in your area. John Moore from the ‘AgForce Valuation Service’ will hold some information sessions in the Tablelands.

Agenda to include:

  • The term “Unimproved Value” and how do the State Valuation Service arrive at your rating valuations?
  •  Sales in the area used to value your property, are they appropriate?
  •  Your Unimproved Value and how does it fit with other valuations in the area (visual demonstration using QLD Globe and projector)
  •  The objection process and tips for making a successful objection

    RSVP to jacksont@agforceqld.org.au or 0408786057.

    Light refreshments will be available.

These meetings are supported by the Community Drought Support programme.

Apr
26
4:00 pm16:00

Ravenshoe Valuation Meeting

WHERE: Town Hall, Grigg St

Want to know more about your recent annual land valuation notice? We’ve all joined forces to co-host some meetings in your area. John Moore from the ‘AgForce Valuation Service’ will hold some information sessions in the Tablelands.

Agenda to include:

  • The term “Unimproved Value” and how do the State Valuation Service arrive at your rating valuations?
  •  Sales in the area used to value your property, are they appropriate?
  •  Your Unimproved Value and how does it fit with other valuations in the area (visual demonstration using QLD Globe and projector)
  •  The objection process and tips for making a successful objection

    RSVP to jacksont@agforceqld.org.au or 0408786057.

    Light refreshments will be available.

These meetings are supported by the Community Drought Support programme.

Apr
24
6:30 pm18:30

‘OVER THE FLOOD & MUD’ DINNER – BEAUDESERT

You're invited to take some time out from the recent flood event and its impact on your business and 'unwind' with friends and colleagues in the dairy industry over dinner. Subtropical Dairy with Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation and industry and community partners invite you to an informal dinner event to relax, chat and hear about some of the existing assistance available to flood-affected dairy businesses in the region.

WHEN: Mon, 24th April 2017
TIME: 6.30pm for 7pm.
WHERE: The Beaudesert RSL, 23-25 William St, Beaudesert Q4285.
RSVP: Thurs, 20th April to Belinda Haddow 0423 00 3638 or belinda@subtropicaldairy.com.au
COST: $0 for dairy farmers. A cash bar will operate on the night.
 

This event is funded by the Subtropical Dairy and Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation.

Apr
12
8:00 am08:00

PEST ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND CHEMICAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS – RAVENSHOE

This one-day workshop for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in this workshop is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):

  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules – Certificate of Participation
  • Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
    – AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
    – AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

To register visit www.agforceprojects.org.au or complete the form above and return to fax (07) 3236 3077 or post to AgForce Projects C/O AgForce Brisbane: PO Box 13186, North Bank Plaza, cnr Ann and George Streets, Brisbane, QLD, 4003.

For more information call (07) 3238 6048 or email admin@agforceprojects.org.au

Apr
11
8:00 am08:00

PEST ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND CHEMICAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS – MAREEBA

This one-day workshop for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in this workshop is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):

  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules – Certificate of Participation
  • Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
    – AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
    – AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

Limited places available, Register NOW!

To register visit www.agforceprojects.org.au or complete the form above and return to fax (07) 3236 3077 or post to AgForce Projects C/O AgForce Brisbane: PO Box 13186, North Bank Plaza, cnr Ann and George Streets, Brisbane, QLD, 4003.

For more information call (07) 3238 6048 or email admin@agforceprojects.org.au

Mar
16
12:00 am00:00

BOONAH BACK TO BASICS DAIRY COW NUTRITION WORKSHOP

Would your farm business pass a Fair Work inspection or audit today?

In the 2015-16 QDAS results, feed costs accounted for 54% of farm operating costs in Queensland.  Feeding diets to maximise profits is a critical component of farm management.

Ross Warren, Senior Extension Officer, DAF and Dr Susanne Roth, Account Manager Dairy, Alltech Australia will facilitate a one-day workshop focusing on the basics of dairy cow nutrition. The workshop will include both theory and practical sessions and cover the fundamentals of feeding a dairy herd;

  • What is a rumen and how does it function? 
  • Feeding rumen bugs and feeding the cow.
  • Understanding what different nutrients are found in feeds.
  • Ration fundamentals
  • Dung analysis and what it tells you about the cows diet
  • Cow Signals

This workshop is a great introduction to dairy cow nutrition science and practices.  It is also a great refresher for honing your nutrition skills.

Please bring along samples of current feeds or the dairy ration and manure samples too.

DATE: Thurs, 16 March, 2017
WHERE: Boonah Golf Club, Bruckner Hill Rd, Boonah QLD 4310
RSVP: Belinda Haddow Belinda@subtropicaldairy.com.au or phone 0423 003 638

Mar
15
9:00 am09:00

KINGAROY WORKPLACE ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

Would your farm business pass a Fair Work inspection or audit today?

  • Are you confident you are meeting all your legal obligations under the Fair Work Act and your award/s?
  • Are you sure your record keeping and employee paperwork would pass inspection?
  • Do you know how to manage performance and termination of employment to minimise the risk of claims against you?

The Workplace Essentials Seminars 2016/17 will focus on ensuring your farm business achieves Fair Work compliance and strategies for managing employment risks.

During the half-day seminar you will:

  • undergo a risk assessment – effectively ‘stress testing’ your business against the legal requirements
  • understand your legal obligations under the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standards and relevant Award/s
  • gather information and resources to help you with compliance and establish positive practices in the workplace.

WHERE: DAF Kingaroy Research Station, 214 Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, Kingaroy QLD 4610
WHEN: 9.00am, Wednesday 15 March 2017
RSVP: growcom@growcom.com.au or phone 07 3620 3844

 

Mar
15
12:00 am00:00

TOOWOOMBA BACK TO BASICS DAIRY COW NUTRITION WORKSHOP

Would your farm business pass a Fair Work inspection or audit today?

In the 2015-16 QDAS results, feed costs accounted for 54% of farm operating costs in Queensland.  Feeding diets to maximise profits is a critical component of farm management.

Ross Warren, Senior Extension Officer, DAF and Dr Susanne Roth, Account Manager Dairy, Alltech Australia will facilitate a one-day workshop focusing on the basics of dairy cow nutrition. The workshop will include both theory and practical sessions and cover the fundamentals of feeding a dairy herd;

  • What is a rumen and how does it function? 
  • Feeding rumen bugs and feeding the cow.
  • Understanding what different nutrients are found in feeds.
  • Ration fundamentals
  • Dung analysis and what it tells you about the cows diet
  • Cow Signals

This workshop is a great introduction to dairy cow nutrition science and practices.  It is also a great refresher for honing your nutrition skills.

Please bring along samples of current feeds or the dairy ration and manure samples too.

DATE: Wed, 15 March, 2017
WHERE: The Green Room, DAF Conference Ctr, Tor St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
RSVP: Belinda Haddow Belinda@subtropicaldairy.com.au or phone 0423 003 638

Mar
14
12:00 am00:00

NANANGO BACK TO BASICS DAIRY COW NUTRITION WORKSHOP:

Would your farm business pass a Fair Work inspection or audit today?

In the 2015-16 QDAS results, feed costs accounted for 54% of farm operating costs in Queensland.  Feeding diets to maximise profits is a critical component of farm management.

Ross Warren, Senior Extension Officer, DAF and Dr Susanne Roth, Account Manager Dairy, Alltech Australia will facilitate a one-day workshop focusing on the basics of dairy cow nutrition. The workshop will include both theory and practical sessions and cover the fundamentals of feeding a dairy herd;

  • What is a rumen and how does it function? 
  • Feeding rumen bugs and feeding the cow.
  • Understanding what different nutrients are found in feeds.
  • Ration fundamentals
  • Dung analysis and what it tells you about the cows diet
  • Cow Signals

This workshop is a great introduction to dairy cow nutrition science and practices.  It is also a great refresher for honing your nutrition skills.

Please bring along samples of current feeds or the dairy ration and manure samples too.

DATE: Tues, 14 March, 2017
WHERE: Nanango RSL, 24 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615
RSVP: Belinda Haddow Belinda@subtropicaldairy.com.au or phone 0423 003 638

Mar
13
12:00 am00:00

GYMPIE BACK TO BASICS DAIRY COW NUTRITION WORKSHOP

Would your farm business pass a Fair Work inspection or audit today?

In the 2015-16 QDAS results, feed costs accounted for 54% of farm operating costs in Queensland.  Feeding diets to maximise profits is a critical component of farm management.

Ross Warren, Senior Extension Officer, DAF and Dr Susanne Roth, Account Manager Dairy, Alltech Australia will facilitate a one-day workshop focussing on the basics of dairy cow nutrition. The workshop will include both theory and practical sessions and cover the fundamentals of feeding a dairy herd;

  • What is a rumen and how does it function? 
  • Feeding rumen bugs and feeding the cow.
  • Understanding what different nutrients are found in feeds.
  • Ration fundamentals
  • Dung analysis and what it tells you about the cows diet
  • Cow Signals

This workshop is a great introduction to dairy cow nutrition science and practices.  It is also a great refresher for honing your nutrition skills.

Please bring along samples of current feeds or the dairy ration and manure samples too.

DATE: Mon, 13 March, 2017
WHERE: DAF Conference Centre, Cnr Louisa & Cartwright Rd, Gympie QLD
RSVP: Kylie Dennis kylie@subtropicaldairy.com.au or phone 0417 790 709

 

Subtropical Dairy and the Darling Downs Regional Group Dinner & Panel Discussion
Feb
17
6:30 pm18:30

Subtropical Dairy and the Darling Downs Regional Group Dinner & Panel Discussion

Come along and join us for dinner and a panel discussion focussed around 'thinking outside' the square and innovative business and capital models and options. Operating a dairying business in the Subtropical Region presents its own set of unique opportunities and challenges. Sometimes the challenges appear to be more prevalent than the opportunities. Just getting through the 'daily grind' of keeping the business running smoothly can be a distraction from taking advantage of opportunities that might present themselves. Taking time to 'think outside the square' for solutions is sometimes a non-event...

WHEN: Friday, 17th February 2017

TIME: 6.30pm for 7pm

WHERE: The Spotted Cow Hotel, 296 Ruthven St, Toowoomba QLD 4350 (Please note venue change).

COST: $0 for dairy farmers, $40 pp non-dairy farmers. This dinner event is made possible through Subtropical Dairy Regional Group project funding & support from our generous sponsors;

RSVP: Mon, 13th February to Belinda Haddow 0423 00 3638 or belinda@dairyinfo.biz. (Catering at this venue requires us to pre-pay for meals so final numbers are essential by RSVP date.)

About the night:

Barb Bishop will facilitate the discussion with the panelists to ensure we have a night filled with lots of great information and ideas and some fun and a few laughs too! Each of the panelists has their own story to tell, each with its own successes and challenges.

Our panelists for the night include:

Philip Hughes – Philip and his wife, Adele, are co-founders of Rangeland Quality Meats, a vertically integrated beef business singularly focused on providing quality literally from paddock to plate. The business was named Queensland's most innovative producer at the 2012 AgForce Red Meat Awards in Brisbane. Philip and Adele established Banchory Station in 1985 and then Rangeland Quality Meats in 2010 to meet end consumer needs. Banchory Station near Clermont is a 16,000 hectare breeding property with Brahman infused cows joined to Angus bulls where mainly black, flat-backed calves are raised on grass until they are about 250-300kg weaners when they are transported to Dulacca Downs and Heatherlea for backgrounding on grass for about six months. Philip will focus his discussion around separating the land investment from business investment and how to make it work for you.

Charlie Wilson - Charlie is a cotton/grains/organic beef producer from Central Qld. Charlie and Kaye Wilson purchased "Currimundi" at Emerald in 1981 and developed it to an efficient cotton operation encompassing 1,000ha. In 2004 they sold "Currimundi" and purchased "Karamarra", an undeveloped scrub block of 7,500ha on the Mackenzie River in Central Queensland, where they now irrigate over 600ha with 400ha set aside for cotton production, dryland crops, as well as running an organic cattle herd. Charlie has been involved in Industry issues from around 1990 where he was involved with the setting up of the Queensland Irrigators Council (QIC). In 1995 he was elected to the Cotton Australia Board and served as Chairman from 1999 to 2000. He also Chaired the Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA) from 2009 to 2013. This Association, in partnership with Agforce and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry have been responsible for the rollout of Best Management Practice (BMP) in both grains and beef across Central Queensland in recent years.

Matthew Durack – In 2008 Matthew and his fellow colleague, Jeff Dodd, purchased the Stahmann Business in Australia. He now holds outright ownership of the farm and water assets of the group and majority ownership of the operating entity Stahmann Farms Enterprise Pty Ltd. Matthew stepped down as CEO in 2014 to focus on securing funding for increased pecan plantings in the Gwydir. He is now a Director of Durack Family Enterprises Pty Ltd and oversees his investments in the Stahmann Group, farming land, real estate and shares with the aim of building a sound portfolio of assets which support his family’s future aspirations as well as securing the sustainability of the land, businesses and, most importantly, people involved.

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QDO Members Meeting - Nanango
Feb
13
6:30 pm18:30

QDO Members Meeting - Nanango

  • Nanango RSL

WHEN: 6.30pm, 13 February 2017

WHERE: NANANGO RSL, 24-26 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615

Note: Large Car Park at the Rear of the Building

AGENDA:  Lawrence Gavey will give a presentation on Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD)

Brian Tessmann & Eric Danzi will be discussing the

 

  • BJD (Lawrence Gavey QDAF)
  • ACCC dairy review
  • Senate Dairy Inquiry
  • Effects test
  • Milk Mark Bill
  • QDO review
  • Other issue

Food platters will be providedd for dinner. We look forward to you joining us and discussing these important issues.

Please RSVP Kerrie on 3236 2955 / ea@dairypage.com.au

FREE Pest Animal & Chemical Management Training Workshop - Kenilworth
Feb
9
8:30 am08:30

FREE Pest Animal & Chemical Management Training Workshop - Kenilworth

This one-day workshop for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in this workshop is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):

  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules – Certificate of Participation
  • Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
    – AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
    – AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

REGISTRATION FORM

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

FREE Pest Animal & Chemical Management Training Workshops - Gympie
Feb
8
8:30 am08:30

FREE Pest Animal & Chemical Management Training Workshops - Gympie

This one-day workshop for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in this workshop is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):

  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules – Certificate of Participation
  • Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
    – AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
    – AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals

REGISTRATION FORM

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

Feb
6
11:30 am11:30

ACCC Dairy Inquiry Forum - Toowoomba

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting dairy farmers to participate in a series of public forums. The forums are a part of the ACCC’s Inquiry into the Australian dairy industry. The purpose of these forums is to hear directly from dairy farmers about competition and fair trading issues that affect them.

Queensland forum:

WHEN: 11.30am-2pm, Monday 6 February 2017

WHERE: Toowoomba City Golf Club, 254 South St, Toowoomba

The forums are an important part of the ACCC’s public consultation for the Dairy Inquiry, which is examining competition between milk processors, contracts between processors and farmers, global supply markets, and the profitability of dairy farms. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss issues directly with ACCC Commissioners.

The forums are just one option to have your say. We encourage you to call or email us if you cannot attend one but would like to contribute to the Inquiry.

Contact details, and further information on the forums and the Dairy Inquiry are available at https://www.accc.gov.au/about-us/information-for/agriculture/dairy-inquiry. The venues and times for the forums will also be provided at this link shortly.

Nov
24
10:00 am10:00

High forage feeding decisions paying off

Following their instincts and the fluctuating price of commodities over recent years, Andrew & Chris Mullins of Allora knew the financial and nutritional benefits of incorporating high forage, home grown components into their dairy system. Three years since first planting, and the Mullin’s have now made soybean a staple summer silage option. Andrew suggests it has "halved the amount of purchased protein meal they feed." 

Andrew has grown and fed winter cereal crops for many years but commented that, “after seeing a soybean crop at the Gatton Research Dairy I thought it would be a good summer protein option for me.” There are some critical elements such as harvest timing and moisture content (35% dry matter) to get right, where swathing is preferred to raking to avoid soil contamination. Chris & Andrew’s 2016 challenge was to grow wheat headlage as an alternative starch source, spreading the risk of reliance on corn grain, plus the added benefit of increased digestibility over cracked grains. The crop has recently been harvested, with agronomists and silage specialists left very impressed. 

The C4 Milk team will also run a follow up day with Andrew and Chris in early 2017, to further discuss the feeding and balancing the forages in the diet, the impacts on milk production and economic benefits. Keep an eye out for a flier or contact Jo Gorman to RSVP 0402515564 or Ross Warren 0418749340.

WHEN:            24 Nov – Ledgers Farm, Carters Ridge, North Coast (10-12pm)

RSVP:             RSVP 0402515564 or Ross Warren 0418749340

Nov
22
10:00 am10:00

High forage feeding decisions paying off for mullins brothers

Following their instincts and the fluctuating price of commodities over recent years, Andrew & Chris Mullins of Allora knew the financial and nutritional benefits of incorporating high forage, home grown components into their dairy system. Three years since first planting, and the Mullin’s have now made soybean a staple summer silage option. Andrew suggests it has "halved the amount of purchased protein meal they feed."

Andrew has grown and fed winter cereal crops for many years but commented that, “after seeing a soybean crop at the Gatton Research Dairy I thought it would be a good summer protein option for me.” There are some critical elements such as harvest timing and moisture content (35% dry matter) to get right, where swathing is preferred to raking to avoid soil contamination. Chris & Andrew’s 2016 challenge was to grow wheat headlage as an alternative starch source, spreading the risk of reliance on corn grain, plus the added benefit of increased digestibility over cracked grains. The crop has recently been harvested, with agronomists and silage specialists left very impressed.

The DAF C4 Milk team will be holding a field day at the Mullins’ dairy on Tuesday, November 22nd (10am- 12pm) to discuss the recently harvested wheat headlage and the effectiveness of soybean silage in their system.

The C4 Milk team will also run a follow up day with Andrew and Chris in early 2017, to further discuss the feeding and balancing the forages in the diet, the impacts on milk production and economic benefits. Keep an eye out for a flier or contact Jo Gorman to RSVP 0402515564 or Ross Warren 0418749340.

WHEN:            22 Nov – Andrew & Chris Mullins Farm, Allora, Southern Downs (10-2pm)

WHERE:         130 Masters Road, Allora

RSVP:             RSVP 0402515564 or Ross Warren 0418749340

QDO Member Meeting - Beaudesert
Nov
17
10:30 am10:30

QDO Member Meeting - Beaudesert

  • WHEN:           10.30am, 17th November 2016 – Light lunch provided
  • WHERE:         Logan & Albert Hotel, 64 Brisbane Street
  • RSVP:             3236 2955 
Nov
17
Nov 18

QAWN Workplace Essentials Seminars

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Would your farm business pass a Fair Work inspection or
audit today?

  • Are you confident you are meeting all your legal obligations under the Fair Work Act and your award/s?
  • Are you sure your record keeping and employee paperwork would pass inspection?
  • Do you know how to manage performance and termination of employment to minimise the risk of claims against you?
  • Free seminars are being held in various regional locations to help agricultural businesses achieve Fair Work compliance and better manage employment risks. If there is one seminar you should attend this year, this is it.

Australia has a highly regulated framework of workplace relations with
complex laws, regulations, awards, and standards to be met by every
employer.
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has high expectations that business
owners who employ staff ensure they do so in line with the laws. The laws
do not distinguish or discriminate between small or large workforces,
casual or permanent employment, or whether workers are Australian or
from overseas.
Increased funding and activity of the FWO means that employers are more
likely to be inspected or audited.Targeted campaigns are exposing noncompliance
across the board. In serious cases, high profile prosecutions
lead to large fines, enforceable undertakings, and media exposure. It is
vital to get it right.


During the half-day seminar farmers will:

  • undergo a risk assessment – effectively ‘stress testing’ your business against the legal requirements
  • understand your legal obligations under the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standards and relevant Award/s
  • gather information and resources to help you with compliance and establish positive practices in the workplace.

GYMPIE - Thursday 17 November RSVP
GLASSHOUSE - Friday 18 November RSVP

QDO Member Meeting - Oakey
Nov
16
10:00 am10:00

QDO Member Meeting - Oakey

  • WHEN:           10:30am, 16th November 2016 – Light lunch provided
  • WHERE:         Oakey RSL
  • RSVP:             3236 2955 
QDO Member Meeting - Woodford
Nov
10
6:30 pm18:30

QDO Member Meeting - Woodford

  • WHEN:           6.30pm, 10th November 2016 – Meal provided
  • WHERE:         Woodford Hotel, 76 – 81 Archer Street Woodford
  • RSVP:             3236 2955 
QDO Member Meeting - Wondai
Nov
10
11:00 am11:00

QDO Member Meeting - Wondai

  • WHEN:           10:30am, 10th November 2016 – Light lunch provided
  • WHERE:         Wondai RSL, 87 Mackenzie Street Wondai
  • RSVP:             3236 2955 
QDO Member Meeting - Monto
Nov
9
6:30 pm18:30

QDO Member Meeting - Monto

  • WHEN:           6.30pm, 9th October 2016 – Meal provided
  • WHERE:         Monto Colonial Motor Inn, 4 – 6 Thompson Street Monto
  • RSVP:             3236 2955