Producer perceptions of feedbase limitations to livestock production and requirements for amelioration

Belinda Hackney, Clare Edwards, John Piltz, Michael Friend, John Howieson

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This study found considerable limitation of current feedbase resources to attain livestock production goals of producers. Total feed production and feed quality were top ranking factors limiting livestock production. Information and training on pasture establishment and pasture management ranked as most important in achieving livestock production targets with a strong preference for regional trials, field days and training to facilitate adoption. Producer ability to match feedbase resources to livestock needs was poor. We suggest training emphasis should be placed here to illicit immediate improvement in livestock production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationDoing More With Less
EditorsGarry J O’Leary, Roger D Armstrong, Liz Hafner
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Society for Agronomy
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017 - Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat, Australia
Duration: 24 Sep 201728 Sep 2017 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings)


Conference18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleDoing more with less
OtherThe 18th Australian Agronomy Conference will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, Victoria from 24-28 September 2017. The Australian Agronomy Conference is the meeting place for Agronomists; it supports research and the community of Agronomists by connecting Agronomy communities across Australia to each other.

The theme for the 2017 conference is “Doing more with less”. A central plank of Australia’s productive output is agriculture, worth over AUD$13.6 billion exported annually. Agronomy is key to ensuring that farmland is productive across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Innovation in machinery and precision technologies, plant species and varieties, soil and plant management may allow the agronomist of today to successfully help agricultural producers thrive. These innovations are timely as the world deals with increasingly variable climates, environmental degradation, and a more developed global community that requires more diverse products from agriculture.
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