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Queensland 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 your Regional Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinator:

Rick Kowitz
Ph: (07) 3236 2955
Mobile: 0427669994
Email: rkowitz@dairypage.com.au

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: Caring for our Country is an ongoing Australian Government initiative that seeks to achieve an environment that is healthier, better protected, well managed, resilient and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.What’s on offer:

Current funding opportunities are advertised on the Caring for Our Country website: www.nrm.gov.au

Carbon Farming Futures

  • Provided by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Purpose: Carbon Farming Futures and will invest up to $99 million of grant funding over six years to assist individuals and groups of landholders and research, industry and farming organisations across Australia to trial and demonstrate on-farm ways of reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and/or increasing and maintaining carbon stored in soil.
  • What’s on offer:
  • Current funding opportunities are advertised on the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website www.daff.gov.au/climatechange

Advice and assistance

State Government – Department of Primary Industries:
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 a number of 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)
  • Future Ready Dairy Systems assists farmers with adaption strategies to manage climate variability and climate change, and to reduce on-farm greenhouse emissions
  • Cool Cows workshop series on better management of heat stress being delivered across Northern NSW and Queensland regarding.
  • Grains 2 Milk workshop series on better management of feed purchasing risks available being delivered across Queensland

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
  • Understanding nutrient loss pathways, and improving nutrient efficiency on dairy farms

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

Rick Kowitz
Ph: (07) 3236 2955
Mobile: 0427669994
Email: rkowitz@dairypage.com.au