Research is demonstrating how improved digestability can improve outcomes for stock.FIONA BROOM November 15, 2012 4:02am
A Benalla PhD student is hoping to reduce farmers’ feed bills by finding a way to unlock the energy in sorghum feed that livestock is unable to digest.
University of Melbourne Dookie campus student Natalie Bootes is aiming to hand in the results of her research next year.
Ms Bootes hopes soon to begin animal-based studies to determine if there is a way to process sorghum feed to harness the 80 per cent of energy that’s lost when livestock eat it.
She said she wanted to enhance the digestibility of sorghum because it was cheaper to produce than wheat.
‘‘And sorghum can be grown in drought where wheat would fail — it’s a low-risk crop,’’ Ms Bootes said.
Originally driven by an interest in animal science, Ms Bootes said she was now more focused on agriculture.
She grew up on a hobby farm and hopes long-term to work with farmers one-on-one to improve their farms’ efficiency.
Ms Bootes was one of dozens of postgraduate students eager to discuss their research at the university’s School of Land and Environment 10th Graduate Research Conference last week.
During conference conversations — which resembled a speed-dating set-up — students got a chance to network and find research links among staff and fellow students.
Student Fan Liu, from China, is studying the effect of heat stress on livestock, while Ruzana Sanusi is interested in urban forestry.
Ballarat student Tarnya Kruger has been speaking to firefighters across Australia to learn more about how they approach fires in different landscapes.
A three vehicle collision is causing delays on the Midland Hwy, Tatura
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Goulburn Murray Cricket has allocated Echuca and Girgarre with joint C grade premierships after the clubs both agreed on the proposal.
A woman from Rochester has been jailed for breaching her bail conditions.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
A Seymour man has more cause than most to reflect on the price of war.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The people of Heathcote and district chipped in more than $13,000 for the Food Friday Appeal and more donations are yet to be counted.
Barooga have completed a 117-point rout against Cobram in the Murray Football League's cross-river derby.
Deniliquin's Easter Sunday in the Park attracted about 200 people for the traditional family fun day.
Monitoring of the Murray River around the Barmah-Millewa Forest region in the past two spawning seasons has found larval Murray cod and Murray spiny crayfish in areas affected by the 2011 blackwater event.
Police are searching for a driver that rammed a Benalla police vehicle this morning.
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