Managing in Wet Conditions

Floods can be unpredictable and destructive. Dairy Australia has a number of resources available to help dairy farmers prepare for and recover from floods.

The Preparing for floods fact sheet outlines things for farmers to think about ahead of time to minimise disruption to their business.

It is easy to become overwhelmed after a flood event. The headings and the table in the Recovering from floods fact sheet may help farmers put things in priority order.

When conditions get wet, the risk of mastitis and lameness can both increase. Dairy Australia's Mastitis control in wet conditions and Managing lameness in wet conditions fact sheets provide practical strategies to manage these risks when conditions are wet and muddy.

A flood can also affect power supply to the farm. Preparing for power outages helps farmers develop a contingency plan that will save time and keep the dairy operational during a power outage.

If the power does go out, the Milking through power outages fact sheet contains tips that will help minimise recovery efforts by keeping the farm working during a prolonged power disruption.

Fact Sheet

Floods - Impact Diary

Keeping an impact diary is an important part of the recovery process from any natural disaster as it substantiates any claims you may make for grant funding applications or assistance packages.
Issues & Emergencies
Fact Sheet

Floods - Nutrition during major environmental events

Major or catastrophic environmental (e.g. flooding, bushfire) events cause significant turmoil and upheaval to the nutritional management of dairy herds.
Issues & Emergencies
Fact Sheet

Recovering from flood factsheet

This factsheet helps with through recovering from a flood by highlighting key topics and tasks to consider and how to plan for them.
Issues & Emergencies
Farm Business
Feeding & Farm Systems


  • Nutrition post major environmental eventsPDF155.78 KB
  • Buy right feed value varies in different feedsPDF88.69 KB
  • 3 Steps better feed buying decisionsPDF57.9 KB
  • Mould and mycotoxin risks in feedPDF154.97 KB
  • Drinking water access and qualityPDF207.58 KB
  • Buying feed directPDF99.68 KB
  • Facts on alternative fibre sourcesPDF555.63 KB
  • Feed budgetingPDF90.11 KB
  • Flood impact on fodderPDF79.14 KB
  • Flood impact on grainPDF63.49 KB
  • Managing quality & supply risks buying feedPDF151.87 KB
  • A to Z of fibre sourcesPDF96.74 KB
  • Feed lab testingPDF141.92 KB
  • Designing balanced milker dietsPDF315.89 KB
  • What can you afford to payPDF99.26 KB
  • Assessing your risk of acidosisPDF209.48 KB
  • Herd culling decisionsPDF105.13 KB
  • Managing water-damaged fodderPDF77.13 KB
  • Feed contractsPDF85.81 KB
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Laneway Design

Good laneways are key to keeping cows feet in good conditions. This video walks through the key features of good laneway design and how to maintain your laneways.

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