Newsletters

Our Publications page is regularly updated, so return here each month to download our newsletters, information sheets and annual reports.

 

Newsletters 2017

(A good set of numbers – 2016/17 MDF performance; 2017-18 Budget – So what’s different?; Turning the ship around: Making incremental gains in fertility at the MDF; A letter to the Board of Murray Goulburn; RF(Bob) Pitman nominations for 2017; Become a Friend of the MDF)

 (Meet the MDF Directors; RF(Bob) Pitman Award for 2016; MDF – Farm performance ahead of target at half year; We know the value of the nutrients in our effluent – do you?; Become a Friend of the MDF)

Newsletters 2015

      • Newsletter 95 February 15
        (First Macalister Focus Farm Field Day / Yellow Rag Bit –   Keeping a watchful eye on summer pasture quality early / What’s been going on at MDF? / Upcoming events)
      • Newsletter 96 March 15
        (The road to recruitment / Yellow Rag Bit – Considering pasture renovation this autumn? / What’s been going on at MDF? / Survey – What do you want from your MDF? / Quick bits / Upcoming events)
      • Newsletter 97 April 2015
        (The road to recruitment – continued / Yellow Rag Bit – Keeping on top of liver fluke / What’s been going on at MDF? / Hassle free calving session at the MDF)
      • Newsletter 98 May 2015
        (Vale – Mike Larcombe / The road to recruitment – continued / What’s been going on at MDF? / Hassle free calving session at the MDF – Reminder / Biosecurity exercise at the MDF / Silage Wrap Recycling in Sale)
      • Newsletter 99 June 2015
        (The road to recruitment – a Farm Manager and a Farm Hand have been engaged / Yellow Rag Bit – Things to think about as this financial year ends and the new one begins / What’s been going on at MDF?)
      • Newsletter 100 August 2015
        (A rewarding experience: Living and working at Macalister Demonstration Farm / Yellow Rag Bit – Next MID Irrigation efficiency Incentive Program set for September / What’s been going on at MDF?)
      • Newsletter 101 September 2015
        (Notice of Meeting – Macalister Demonstration Farm Annual General Meeting / Call for nominations – RF (Bob) Pittman Award / Yellow Rag Bit – What to do when you run out of lead feed / What’s been going on at MDF? / Focus farm support group)
      • Newsletter 102 October 2015
        (Macalister Demonstration Farm – Future Directions / Dale Scott announced winner of the RF (Bob) Pitman Award / Yellow Rag Bit – Have you seen these pests in your pastures? / What’s been going on at MDF?)
      • Newsletter 103 December 2015
        (Changing faces at the Macalister Demonstration Farm / Yellow Rag Bit – Irrigating during a dry season at the MDF / What’s been going on at MDF? / The costs of preserving silage at the MDF / And last – but not least…)

Newsletters 2014

      •  Newsletter 85 January 14
        (Australian Dairy Industry Unilever Sustainability Pilot / DEPI – Improving Farm Profitability / MDF Travel and Learning Scholar – Jon Ryan / Upcoming events & courses)
      • Newsletter 86 February 14
        (Spilt Milk – what the MDF did when the vat failed / DEPI – Keeping your cows at their coolest in the MID / Have you done your water budget? / Annual Use Limits in this current season / Upcoming events & courses)
      • Newsletter 87 March 14 
        (A big thank you / BVDV at the Demonstration Farm / DEPI – Understanding investments being made by DA / The value in comparing electricity providers / Upcoming events & courses)
      • Newsletter 88 May 14
        (The value of comparing electricity costs – follow up / DEPI – Managing dairy cattle drench resistance / invitation to attend Irrigation Expo and Rubicon Factory in Shepparton / Upcoming events & courses)
      • Newsletter 89 June 14
        (Macalister Demonstration Farm Working Bee / Pour on drenches are absorbed via licking … What? / The Junk Paddock’s transformation / Upcoming events)
      • Newsletter 90 July 2014
        (WTC Irrigation Expo Tour / Yellow Rag – Lameness in Dairy herds / What’s been going on at the MDF?)
      • Newsletter 91 August 2014
        (Macalister Demonstration Farm – GippsDairy Focus Farm / Yellow Rag – High reliability water allocation and the link to Thomson Dam drought reserve / What’s been going on at the MDF? / A big thank you!!)
      • Newsletter 92 September 14
        (Macalister Demonstration Farm – Annual General Meeting / Macalister Demonstration Farm – Nomination of Directors / Call for Nominations – RF (Bob) Pitman Award / Yellow Rag Bit – MID Irrigation Efficiency Incentives Program / What’s been going on at MDF?)
      • Newsletter 93 October 14
        (Macalister Demonstration Farm – Annual General Meeting / Yellow Rag Bit – Tightening up your dairy herd’s calving pattern / What’s been going on at MDF? / MDF Scholarship – Jon Ryan final report summary – The application of new technology to manage pastures in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID))
      • Newsletter 94 November 14
        (Macalister Demonstration Farm – Travel and Learning Scholarship / Yellow Rag Bit – How’s your feed and water security for this coming summer?  / What’s been going on at MDF?)

 

 

Newsletters 2013

                                      • Newsletter 76 February 13
                                        (DPI-Coping in the current dry season / Energy Assessments)
                                      • Newsletter 77 March 13
                                        (DPI-Reading your own wheel / The first month for our new farm managers)
                                      • Newsletter 78 April 13
                                        (DPI-Are your heifers on target? / MDF Scholarship / Health Field Day / ProHand Dairy Cow Course)
                                      • Newsletter 79 May 13
                                        (Welcome to Matt Harms: Thank you to Frank Tyndall / Dry cow options leading into winter / DEPI – starting the next milk season in good shape / MDF Health and Safety Field Day / MDF Performance Graphs)
                                      • Newsletter 80 July 13
                                        (DEPI – recovering from a tough season / Macalister Demonstration Farm Report / Rural Finance Natural Disaster Recovery Assistance)
                                      • Newsletter 81 August 13
                                        (MDF Notice of AGM / Macalister Demonstration Farm Report / DEPI – Managing cows in poor condition and downer cows)
                                      • Newsletter 82 September 13
                                        (MDF Notice of AGM / Crucial issues being dealt with by MDF this spring / DEPI – Key messages for MID from Dairy Farm Monitor Project 2012-2013)
                                      • Newsletter 83 November 13
                                        (MDF Open Day/Annual Field day / How hard do you chase for additional silage? / Economics of fodder conservation)
                                      • MDF Newsletter 84 December 13
                                        (Springing into Summer! / Update on Theileria in Gippsland)

 

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Newsletters 2008


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                  • Newsletter 96 March 15
                    (The road to recruitment / Yellow Rag Bit – Considering pasture renovation this autumn? / What’s been going on at MDF? / Survey – What do you want from your MDF? / Quick bits / Upcoming events)