Date Release Description
8/10/2012 Tactics for Tight Times helps Western Victorian dairy farmers

Western Victorian dairy farmers have been urged to adopt a business approach to farming that can cope with volatility and not be too dependent on price fluctuations.  They have also been urged invest in themselves and develop better sKills to manage their businesses and to give high priority to optimising use of home-grown feed.  The advice came during Tactics for Tight Times workshops hosted by WestVic Dairy in early October at Colac, Timboon, Macarthur and Warrnambool.  Dairy Australia has developed the Tactics for Tight Times campaign as a levy-funded initiative to support dairy farmers through the milk price downturn.

22/10/2015 Profitable Feeding Systems seeks to engage farmers in summer planning workshop

WestVic Dairy is hosting a post-harvest, pre-summer workshop ‘How big is your stack’ in five towns across the south west region to motivate farmers to boost their profitability by improving their feedbase management.

The Profitable Feeding Systems (PFS) project aims to help farmers to manage their feedbase to optimise milk production and maximise profitability, which is a necessity given the forecast dry conditions ahead. Preparation and planning for the coming summer is now absolutely essential.

13/11/2013 Sizzling Summer Feeding Strategies

A demonstration of the NIR-Online feed testing machine will take place at the Profitable Feeing Systems, 'Sizzling Summer Feeding Strategies' on-farm field days to be held in November. The field days are aimed at assisting farmers in planning for summer feeding programs.

Dairy Nutritionist, Mark Emondon will be a guest speaker at the field days along with local hay and silage consultant, Mark Lourey.

At the Profitable Feeding System field days, Mr Emonson and Mr Lourey will address such topics as seetting profitable and realistic milk targets for the summer including how to achieve these targets with a combination of home-grown and purchased feeds and traps to look out for when buying hat and silage.

16/04/2013 Camperdown, Timboon and Koroit workshops to help dairy farmers plan their future

Workshops next week in Timboon, Camperdown and Koroit will help dairy farmers to plan for their future as they move the leave or reduce their commitment to the industry.

The Managing Business Transitions sessions to be conducted by John Mulvany of Onfarm Consulting will look at share farming and leasing agreements and succession planning for those looking to leave the industry.

Mr Mulvany said the information was aimed at mature aged dairy farmers who want to ease back on their commitment or to exit the industry.

28/03/2012 In Charge Program Helps Women Farmers become Better Finance Managers

An innovative program that helps women farmers increase their skills and become more confident financial managers will be offered across Victoria.

The In Charge - Financial Literacy program was introduced in Western Victoria this year and will soon be piloted in Gippsland and northern Victoria. It has been funded by the Gardiner Foundation and dairy service levy funds and is being managed by WestVic Dairy.

The program aims to give new skills to women farmers so they better understand and manage their farm finances.

8/10/2012 Farmers told "don't panic"

Although many dairy farmers in Western Victoria are going through tough times, the long-term outlook isn’t so bleak.  Tactics for Tight Times workshops hosted by WestVic Dairy in early October at Colac, Timboon, Macarthur and Warrnambool were told that the medium to long-term prospects are fairly positive. CBA Dairy Business Manager for south west Victoria, Rhonda Henry said dairy was rated as a medium risk industry. “Don’t panic,” she told nearly 50 dairy farmers and service providers at the Warrnambool workshop. “There is going to be a need for more food for the world and Australian dairy is well positioned to capitalise on that.” Mrs Henry said dairy farmers should look at all aspects of their business to focus on profits, including income protection, interest rates, equipment, herd size and cost of production. They should also aim to increase use of home grown fodder.

20/04/2012 Clearing the Soil Fog

Farmers will have an opportunity to `clear the fog’ about alternative fertilisers - including some biological products - at a series of workshops during May.

The program will start at DemoDAIRY at Terang on May 8 and continue at Heathmere Hall on May 9 and Ballarat City Oval on May 10.

The workshops have been arranged to address concerns raised by farmers during the WestVic Dairy Focus Farm program.

15/03/2012 Macarthur Farmers Learn Weather

Dairy farmers to learn how to better predict weather.  As wet weather continues to decimate land across Australia while the south-west battles a prolonged dry spell, Macarthur district farmers will have the opportunity to learn more about how to predict their local conditions at a workshop next week. The free `Milk from Moisture’ weather workshop at the Macarthur Hotel on March 15 will give local dairy farmers tips on how to manage and predict a huge variety of weather conditions.

6/09/2012 Tactics for Tight Times to help Western Victorian Dairy Farmers

Western Victorian dairy farmers battling lower milk prices and higher input costs will be given a helping hand at a series of workshops early next month. WestVic Dairy will host the Tactics for Tight Times workshops in Colac, Timboon, Macarthur and Warrnambool on October 3 and 4. Dairy Australia has developed the Tactics for Tight Times campaign as a levy-funded initiative to support dairy farmers through the milk price downturn. The workshops will be at Colac Bowls Club in Gravesend Street 11am-2pm on Wednesday October 3, Timboon Football Clubrooms 7.30-10pm on October 3, Macarthur Elderly Citizens Clubrooms 11am-2pm on October 4 and Warrnambool City Memorial Bowls Club from 7.30-10pm on October 4.