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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:

  • Funding support
  • Advice and assistance
  • Industry research

For any questions or further information contact the Dairy NSW – Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinator:

Dr Jess Jennings
Mobile: 0423 224 750
Email: j.jennings@uws.edu.au

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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. 3 days course developed for the NSW dairy industry.
  • DairyNSW successful applicant
  • What’s on offer:
  • FarmReady Industry Grant – DairyNSW successful applicant, project delivered during 2009-11 in conjunction with NSW DPI regarding climate change management and mitigation – permanently available 3 day course developed for the NSW dairy industry.
  • 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:
  • DairyNSW successful applicant: Protecting Biodiversity and Improving Soil Condition across the Dairy NSW region
  • Each year the business plan will be re-released with new annual priorities
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Advice and assistance

NSW State Government – Department of Primary Industries:

  • Dairy Livestock Officers provide advice to farmers
  • District Agronomists provide advice to farmers
  • Climate Change education and strategies course currently being developed with Dairy NSW
  • Research into pyrolosis or ‘bio-char’ being conducted at Wollongbar

Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) across NSW:

  • Eight of the total 13 CMAs in NSW cover dairy farming, and each CMA has a either general or dairy-specific programmes in place that farmers are eligible to apply for.
  • Likely funding support is for mitigation and adaption to a changing climate, and improving natural resource management on-farm that benefits catchment scale health.
  • Contact your local CMA for details of current programmes available to dairy farmers.

Local Government across NSW:

  • 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:
  • Future Ready Dairy Systems (supports this website and responsible for developing industry strategy)
  • Dairying For Tomorrow (supports improved Natural Resources Management and Regional NRM Coordinators, Dr Jess Jennings in Dairy NSW region)
  • Cool Cows workshop series available to be delivered across NSW regarding better management of heat stress.
  • Grains 2 Milk workshop series available to be delivered across NSW regarding better management of feed purchasing risks
  • Dairy NSW houses the NRM Coordinator position, and has several projects related to climate change and related improved natural resource management issues. These include:
  • Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program – rebate scheme by NSW State Government
  • Humified Compost Trialling (Wagga Wagga)
  • Landcare Australia Limited project: Dairy Industry Mitigation Strategies and On-farm Adoption in a Changing Climate delivered in 2009-11 in Hunter Valley and South Coast NSW.
  • Recent and available climate change resources:
  • Climate Change Fact Sheets for NSW already delivered and available on request (or hotlink)
  • Climate Change forums for service providers and farmers – presentation material available on request.
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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

Contact: Dairy NSW’s NRM Coordinator, Dr Jess Jennings for any Dairy NSW enquiries (Mob: 0423 224 750 / Email: j.jennings@uws.edu.au)

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