Upcoming Events

February 2015

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN HELD

A REPORT, FARM NOTES AND BUDGET FROM THE DAY ARE AVAILABLE BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK

First FOCUS FARM Field Day on the Macalister Focus Farm

Thursday 26 February from 11am – 2.30pm

This is the first Field Day on this Focus Farm. Facilitator Matt Harms, Farm Manager Bec Horsham and the Support Group members have been wrestling with the farm production and financial budgets, reproduction and pasture production and grazing issues.

 

Key topics on the day:

  • Managing the farm daily decision-making in order to meet the physical and financial budget parameters that have been set
  • How does a ‘corporate entity’ manage the staff, business, inputs and decisions in order to achieve the desired return on asset as set by its Board?
  • Exploring the risks faced by this moderately stocked, 100% irrigated dairy business in terms of the farming system and the labour structure in place
  • Current farm production and financials
  • Plus a walk to check the cows, pastures and related issues .

Light lunch (Thanks to Murray Goulburn Cooperative), tea and coffee provided, come for a cuppa from 10.30am onwards.
All dairy farmers and people interested in the dairy industry are welcome.
The Focus Farm project is funded by Regional Development Victoria, Dairy Australia and GippsDairy.
For more information call John Gallienne 0407 863 493

Events and Demonstrations in 2013-14

October 2014

 

MDF Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Macalister Demonstration Farm Annual General Meeting will be held on TUESDAY 21st OCTOBER 2014. For this year, the Annual General Meeting will be held during the day at the farm – 10.30 am to 2.00 pm.

Keynote speaker will be John Versteden former chair of GippsDairy. John will be speaking about the Future of the dairy industry: people – development and training and farm ownership.

The winner of the RF (Bob) Pitman award will be announced.

MDF Learning and Travel Scholarship awardee, Jon Ryan who will present his final report on his scholarship project.

FREE CATERED LUNCH — Please RSVP attendance to Sandie on 0488 175 366 or by email at mdf@wideband.net.au

Director Nomination Form – Closing Date – 10th October 2014

RF Pitman Award - Closing Date – Friday 10th October 2014

2014 MDF Annual Report

 

Events and Demonstrations in 2012-13

November

‘How do you find and retain good staff?’ – Frank Tyndall, MDF

January

‘Managing Dairy Effluent’ – Scott McDonald, DPI

March

‘Soil Biology and pH Interaction Field Day’ – Tony Gardner, WGCMA & Sandie Brown, MDF

May

‘Health and Safety Field Day’ – Various

October

MDF Annual General Meeting and Presentation of the RF (Bob) Pitman Award
Tuesday 22nd October 2013  –  10.00 am to 2.30 pm

to be held on farm at 285 Boggy Creek Road, Riverslea  Vic  3860

Guest Speaker: Joe Jacobs - Principal Scientist – Dairy, DEPI

Free Lunch: Catering by Heyfield Lions Club
RSVP The Secretary 0488 175 366 or mdf@wideband.net.au

 

Events and Demonstrations in 2011-12

February

‘DPI High Flow Flood Mobile Pump Unit Demonstration’ – DPI farm walk

‘Recalibrating your electric fence post – using ETo for better irrigation decisions’ – DPI farm walk

March

‘Solar Hot Water – Does it Stack Up?’ – Gabriel Hakim, AgVet Projects, Darryl Klindworth, DPI & Neil Baker, MDF

April

‘The Ins and Outs of the MG Domestic Payment System’ – Frank Tyndall, MDF & Andrew Nevill, MG

May

‘Grass Cultivar Trial Field Day’ – Adam Sheedy, Croplands Seeds

 

Events and Demonstrations in 2010-11

July

‘People GPS’ – Frank Tyndall
‘Calves – How to destroy them humanely’ – Tristan Jubb with the UDV

August

‘MID Tracker Project – discover the secrets of high performing farms’ – Frank Tyndall, MDF
‘Nitrogen use efficiency’ – Matthew Mahoney, Incitec Pivot

October

‘Sustainable farm families’ – Maffra Focus Farm

November

‘Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy Farmer Consultation’ – Neil Baker for Gipps Dairy

December

‘Drainwatch’ – Nicole Russell, West Gippsland CMA

February

‘Bloody weeds everywhere!’ – Frank Tyndall, MDF; Rachael Hopkinson, MG; Bree Walshe, DPI

March

‘All paddocks are not the same – Individual treatment for maximum performance’ – Frank Tyndall, MDF

April

‘Show me the money! MID Tracker Project analysis of feed margins’ – Frank Tyndall, MDF

May

‘What makes a profitable dairy cow?’ – Andrea Henry, Holstein Australia
‘MDF Carbon Emissions Reduction plan’ – Neil Baker, MDF

June

‘Autumn calving in a variable climate – Does it stack up?’ – Frank Tyndall & Neil Baker, MDF for the Future Ready Dairy Systems project
‘Assessment of refrigeration heat recovery to improve milk cooling efficiency and reduce hot water costs’ – Neil Baker, MDF

Events and Demonstrations in 2009-10

July

‘Fine tuning before the rush – Reduce your mastitis and calf scours workload’ – Mark Humphris, Maffra Vet Centre
‘Lower milk prices – Options for this season’ – Jason McAinch, DPI Maffra

August

‘Impact of ProGibb and nitrogen fertilizer on winter pasture’ – Matthew Mahoney, Incitec Pivot

September

‘Using the weather station to schedule irrigation – farm walk’ – Gavan Lamb, DPI Maffra
‘Understanding the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – Will it cost dairy farmers?’ – Neil Baker, MDF
Spring Session 1: ‘Sumer crops’ – Janice Dowe (DPI, Maffra), Rachael Hopkinson (MG), Peter Norwood (Daly’s)

October

Spring Session 2: ‘Mating – Back 2 basics’ – Mark Humphris, Maffra Vet Centre Spring session 3: ‘Grain or not to grain – That is the question’ - Jason McAinch, DPI Maffra
Spring Session 4: ‘Fertilizer – How much is just enough?’; Calcium ain’t calcium – the role of lime and gypsum’ – Bree Walshe (DPI< Maffra), Cameron Gourley (DPI, Ellinbank)

November

Spring Session 5: ‘In a tough season what have you changed?’ – Panel discussion local farmers ‘Cropmark Seeds pasture evaluation trial’

February

‘Healthy soils, sustainable farms’ – Damian Bougoure & Doug Crawford (DPI), Graeme Sait (Nutri-Tech Solutions)

March

‘Reducing carbon emissions – What are the options?’ – Neil Baker, MDF

April

‘MID Tracker Project – discovery day for farmers’ – Frank Tyndall, MDF

May

‘Tweak or leap – What do I do with an underperforming irrigation system?’ – Gavan Lamb, DPI Maffra

June

‘People GPS’ – Frank Tyndall