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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Growers would like more information on choice of the most suitable break crops for their own situation... The results of the survey present an up to date assessment of how farmers regard break crops in their farming system... The reviews, interviews, workshops and past surveys have been collated to establish a consensus on attitudes towards break crops in Western Australia...
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Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
Grain and Graze 3 is the third phase of a mixed farming investment by the GRDC... Theme 1 - Enhanced grazing of cropped land Spring varieties of cereal and brassica crops offer a significant potential feed source for Western Australian mixed-farming businesses and can provide improved returns for mixed farmers when implemented across the whole farming system... Most farmers and advisors know that integrated complex mixed farming systems provide better returns than cropping and livestock enterprises individually, because together they help a farmer to better manage business and seasonal risk...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The project will increase water use efficiency in mixed crop/livestock systems on 433 farms while concurrently improving whole farm profitability, sustainability and groundcover... It will - increase water use efficiency ($/mm rainfall) by 10.7% across participating mixed farms - increase regional profitability of $18.0 million ($42,118 per participating farmer) increase through increased stocking rate by better utilisation of feed grown (indicator will be WUE improvements at the whole farm level) and improved crop production through best agronomic practice... GRDC funded research is looking at early sowing strategies to cope with drying Autumns...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
After five years researching ways to lift the profitability of mixed farms, the Grain & Graze program is entering a new phase of bolstering risk management Even before the $31 million Grain & Graze program drew to a close last year, it was being acclaimed a success for its positive influence on the sustainability and profitability of mixed farms in Australia's grainbelt... The challenge is anticipating what the season will be like and having the capacity to alter the crop and livestock ratio " Mr Donges says... AWI project manager Renelle Jeffrey says Grain & Graze also highlighted labour-saving technologies, including portable electric fencing, laneways and auto-drafting to simplify stock handling. "..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
When Doug and Roma Parker decided to plant wheat fence-to-fence last year to recover from two successive droughts, it was still an easy decision to keep their trial paddock of perennial pasture - despite their 2200-hectare Mingenew property 'Pri-inga' having been destocked... Doug says the 15ha of perennial pasture (grass), resulting from their involvement with the GRDC-supported Grain & Graze program, was preserved to rebuild their livestock operations and restore some enterprise diversity... Doug says his grazing records show perennial pasture allows a higher stocking rate than annual pasture species, and after establishing the pasture in the first year the growth thereafter is "all profit"...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The GRDC and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will invest almost $10 million in research, development and extension under a new Grain & Graze program, following the success of the original initiative which ended last year... The program's next phase aims to lift water-use efficiency (WUE) in mixed crop and livestock systems to increase whole-farm profitability and sustainability, while meeting regional catchment management targets... The former Grain & Graze program fostered strong networks between national and regional organisations, which helped mixed farmers develop strategies to spread risks associated with climate and market variability...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Operators of mixed farming systems can gain knowledge to strengthen their businesses by participating in a series of autumn events organised through the Grain & Graze 2 program... Topics of events to be held in Western Australia in March and April in collaboration with research partners and grower groups include optimising stubble; grazing crops; and reducing the downtime between crops and pastures... Grain & Graze 2 aims to build more resilient mixed farming businesses across Australia by helping farmers to understand complex systems; adapt to market and seasonal risks; and make informed decisions to optimise crop and livestock productivity while protecting the environment...
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