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Murray region contacts and resources

A range of resources are currently available to dairy farmers and industry to assist in dealing with climate change and its impacts. Three categories of resource support are listed below as:

For any questions or further information contact your Murray Dairy Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinator:

Scott Birchall
Regional DfT Coordinator, Murray Dairy
Tel 03 5821 0603
Mob 0458 210 604

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Funding support

The following funding opportunities are time-specific and should be investigated by interested individuals/parties to ensure they are available and their detailed terms and conditions.

FarmReady Industry Grants – Australian Government

  • Provided by Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under the program titled: Australia’s Farming Future.
  • Purpose of these grants is to assist Australian farmers to adapt to and mitigate against climate change.
  • What’s on offer:
  • FarmReady Re-imbursement for farmer training, up to $1,500 per farmer – available now

Caring for Our Country – Australian Government

  • Provided by Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
  • Purpose of these grants is to promote targeted improvement in natural resource management within the Australian landscape.
  • What’s on offer:
  • Current business plan available, with Round 3 opening late in 2011
  • Each year the business plan will be re-released with new annual priorities
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Advice and assistance

State Government – Department of Primary Industries:

  • Dairy Extension Officers provide advice to farmers
  • DPI Victoria have funding from several sources for various projects such as increasing staff capability and farmer awareness activities relating to climate change.

Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) across the Murray Dairy region:

  • The Murray Dairy region is covered by 4 different CMAs, each of which works to support climate change research and awareness raising activities.
  • The North-East and Glenelg Hopkins CMAs have received $1.5 million in funding from the state government to test a biochar machine’s ability to sequester carbon.

Local Government:

  • Most local councils have environmental officers and some run programmes that farmers may be able to access to improve the natural environment and for better dealing with climate change (adaptation and mitigation). Low lying coastal areas should also have information about the likely impact of sea-level rise.
  • Contact your local council to investigate what services are provided locally.

Australian Dairy Industry – Dairy Australia

  • Dairy Australia has two main programmes to deal with climate change and related environmental management – these are:
  • Confidence 2 Grow (supports this website and responsible for developing industry strategy).
  • Dairying For Tomorrow (supports improved Natural Resources Management and Regional NRM Coordinators).
  • Cool Cows field days which help farmers manage heat stress are planned to be held on dairy farms in the 2009/2010 hot season.
  • Murray Dairy has received funding from DAFF through a FarmReady Industry Grant for a project to accelerate the uptake of strategies to manage heat stress in dairy cows in the Murray Dairy region (Northern Victoria and Southern NSW).
  • Murray Dairy has developed a Climate Change Fact Sheet for Northern Victoria and Southern NSW, and another for North-Eastern Victoria.
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Industry research

There are a range of current research activities to help deal with the impact of climate change. These include existing projects that are investigating the following:

  • Maintaining total farm production through greater feed conversion efficiency. Aiming to increase milk production by 10%, with a reduced herd size
  • Increasing cow weight by 50kg to increase feed intake and milk production
  • Increasing grain intakes by 500kg and investigating milk production responses
  • Feeding fats and oils during the summer and autumn months
  • Feeding a source of condensed tannin (CT) year round
  • Using Nitrogen-inhibitors year round
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