Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

John Piltz

 John Piltz

BSc, MRurSc

Mr Piltz completed a BSc degree in Wool  and Pastoral Science in 1982. In 1984 he joined NSW DPI as a Technical Officer  and worked on various forage conservation and feed evaluation research  projects. He completed a MRurSc entitled 'The digestibility of Australian maize silages' during that time.

In 2003 Mr Piltz was appointed inaugural  National Coordinator of the TopFodder Silage program, which promoted  best-practice silage management to the dairy industry, and was subsequently  extended to beef and sheep producers. Mr Piltz was a major author and co-editor  of the internationally acclaimed publication 'Successful Silage' that was the major reference book for the the TopFodder Silage program. Successful Silage was translated in Chinese  version and released in 2008. Mr Piltz was appointed to his current position of  Livestock Research Officer in October 2005 and continues to conduct feed  evaluation and forage conservation research. Since 2006 he has been involved  with a project to increase dairy production in the Tibet Autonomous Region of  China.

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Research is  focused around the role for conserved forages in sustaining Australian  agriculture and improving productivity of livestock industries.

  • Evaluation of cereal and cereal vetch forage       crops for hay and silage production
  • Evaluation of triticale/pea forage crops for       hay and silage production
  • Effect of ensiling on the viability of weed  seeds; role as part of an integrated weed management system.

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  • Improved  livestock production systems using better forage production and conservation
  • Methods  for evaluating livestock feeds
  • The role for new legume species in mixed farming  systems

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Piltz J, Rodham C, Walker J, Matthews P, Hackney B and  Wilkins J (2011). Cereal based forage crops for hay and silage production. In  'Grassland Farmers – Opportunities, Threats & Realities' Proceeding of the NSW Grassland Society 26th  Annual Conference, Bathurst,  July, 2011.

Piltz J, Stanton R, Rodham C and Wu H (2011). Effect of ensiling on  weed seed viability. In 'Grassland Farmers – Opportunities, Threats &  Realities' Proceeding of the NSW  Grassland Society 26th Annual Conference, Bathurst, July, 2011.

Piltz JW, Bailes KL, Clayton  EH and Kaiser AG (2008). Reducing feedout losses due to aerobic spoilage  (heating). Dairy Australia  Project DAN 11905 - Final Report. NSW Department of Primary Industries,  Wagga Wagga, May 2008, 28 pp.

Wilkins  JW and Piltz JW (2008). Increasing  milk production from cattle in Tibet. Australian Centre for International  Agricultural Research project LPS/2002/104 – Final Report, June 2008, pp55.

Kaiser AG, Piltz JW, Burns HM and Griffiths NW  (Eds) (2004) Successful Silage, 2nd  ed.,ISBN 0 7347 1583 5 (NSW  Department of Primary Industries and Dairy Australia) 419 pp.

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