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South Australian 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:

Monique White
0400 972206
Monique2@internode.on.net
Or
Verity Ingham
0428 660 127
dairy.sa@bigpond.com
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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 Industry Grant – DairySA successful applicant, to be delivered during 2009-11 in conjunction with Advantage Ag regarding climate change management and mitigation
    • FarmReady Re-imbursement for farmer training, up to $1,500 per farmer – available now
    • NextGen Farmers Grants – DairySA successful applicant, to be delivered in 2009-10 to farmers under 35 years of age.

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 2009
    • 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 Livestock Officers provide advice to farmers
  • District Agronomists provide advice to farmers
  • Dairy Extension Officers

Natural Resource Management Boards (NRMB) across SA:

  • Four of the total 9 NRMBs in SA cover dairy farming, and each NRMB has general 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 the Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinator or Dairy SA for assistance on projects available in your region.

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 workshop series available to be delivered across SA regarding better management of heat stress.
    • Grains 2 Milk workshop series available to be delivered across SA regarding better management of feed purchasing risks
  • Dairy SA houses the NRM Coordinator position, and has several projects related to climate change and related improved natural resource management issues. These include:
    • Urease Inhibitor Trial (SE)
    • Recent and available climate change resources:
      • Climate Change Fact Sheets for SA already delivered and available on request (or hotlink)
      • Climate Change forums for service providers and farmers – presentation material available on request.
    • RRR Info sheets on how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the dairy shed.
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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 padroduction
  • 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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