We're putting research into practice
520ha Property - milker of approximately 450 holstein fresian cows, producer of multiple varieties of home grown forage.
Mark is the 4th generation Billings to be farming this property, dating back to 1928.
Mark and his wife Sam have for many years used research to deliver improvements across the farm. Through their extensive study of suitable home grown forage they now grow different varieties of pasture and forages across the farm at different times of the season.
"We've put research into practice to improve our pasture based feeding system." says Mark.
"We now grow different varieties of forage at different times of the season. We've reduced our input costs and can better maintain a supply of feed."
"We're in a much better position to respond to the feed needs of the herd as well as seasonal conditions. In autumn we can even get a crop by dry-sowing a different variety of seed.
Project 3030 is a collaborative research initiative which aims to increase the consumption of home-grown forage on dry land dairy farms. This project was delivered through the Department of Primary Industries, Dairy Australia and Melbourne University.