Journal article

Defining the key attributes of resilience in mixed ration dairy systems

DG Barber, MJ Auldist, AR Anstis, CKM Ho

Animal Production Science | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2019

Abstract

© 2020 CSIRO. Dairy feeding systems in Australia and New Zealand have seen an increase in the use of mixed rations to manage variability in climate and market conditions and enable a certain degree of resilience in the operating environment. In this review, resilience was defined as the ability of the farm system to respond to challenges, optimise productivity and profitability for a given set of circumstances, and persist over time. Specific attributes of a dairy system that contribute to resilience were considered as flexibility, consistency, adaptation, sustainability and profitability. A flexible forage base that uses water efficient forage species provides a consistent supply of nutrien..

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