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Aussie farmers need urgent feed advice

Australian Dairy Farmers says urgent nutritional advice for farmers who can no longer afford to feed herds is needed in regional Victoria.

Last week, the group met the federal Minister for Agriculture, Peter McGauran, in a bid to address declining food stocks and water availability.

President Allan Burgess says farmers are becoming increasingly desperate and are running out of options. He says farmers need to be educated on feeding alternatives such as new fibre programmes and how to maximise their chances of herd retention.

"In certain circumstances farmers can reduce the amount of fibre they provide to cows, and that has to be done in a careful way so that animal health is looked after," he said. "A very extensive education programme or information programme is therefore desperately needed."

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(Source: ABC online)

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