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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

Earlier Event: November 23
QDO Member Meeting - Gympie
Later Event: February 6
ACCC Dairy Inquiry Forum - Toowoomba