Quantifying the whole farm systems impact of nitrogen best practice on dairy farms

This project is part of the national More Profit from Nitrogen project, and one of three projects focused on the Dairy industry.

This project, led by the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), is using existing farm scale modelling technology to validate both the component and whole farm level. It will demonstrate how modelling can be confidently used to conduct whole farm system analysis research in new technology and enabling practices at reduced cost and time frames relative to field experiments.

Five representative farm systems are being used to simulate how certain farm management practices influence NUE. Importantly, it is testing the current industry’s “Fert$mart” guidelines across agro-climatic zones of Australia’s dairy industry, providing opportunity to extend and evaluate new research findings throughout regions and farming systems. Improvement in NUE will assist the industry in achieving targets to increase home grown forage consumption with greater water, cost and greenhouse gas emissions efficiencies.

Click on the link here to download the Information Sheet on this project. 

For more information contact:

Professor Richard Eckard, The University of Melbourne T: +61 3 9035 8264
Dr Richard Rawnsley, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture M: + 61 428 501 972

This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme, The University of Melbourne and Dairy Australia.