Future Ready Dairy Systems

Dairy Australia

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More than just hot air

Objective of the event

To update farmers and service providers on the latest carbon emissions policy and related research.

Key Messages

Whether or not you ‘believe’ in climate change, there will be policy implications that impact on farm; stay informed.

There are things you can do now to reduce on farm emissions using best management practices.

The potential future impacts of a changing climate on pasture growth in South West Victoria – spring may be a bit shorter but looking forward to greater production in winter.

There are lots of perennial and annual forages that can be used to adapt the feed base to a changing climate although perennial pasture will still fit well in a dairy system.

Quotes and Feedback from Attendees

Feedback highlighted that 95% of participants rated the workshop as great with all presenters being well received.

The vast majority of attendees also responded that they had improved their knowledge about on farm greenhouse gas emissions.

Some service providers commented that they would be investigating the Carbon Farming Initiative further and making sure their clients were aware of the potential opportunities.

A number of participants felt that they were more aware of the research in the region and how a changing climate may impact on their business.

Date:

12 May,2011

Event Type:

Field Day

Location:

Terang Demo Dairy

Coordinator:

Michele Ryan, DPI Dairy Extension Officer