Dairying for Tomorrow- A practical natural resource management (NRM) program to secure the future of Australia’s dairy farms.
Dairying for Tomorrow supports dairy farmers and the industry reduce their environmental footprint by enabling activities such as reduced on-farm fertiliser loss, improved effluent systems, retaining native bush and the fencing of waterways.
Fert$mart is the Australian dairy industry’s national nutrient management framework. Farmers participating in Fert$mart find that when they get soil and fertiliser management ‘right’, they can produce more feed at no extra cost. The average fertiliser saving for farmers participating in Gippsland Fert$mart programs has been $15,000. Since Fert$mart was first implemented in 2012 there has been a significant increase in the number of Australian dairy farmers implementing good practice nutrient management (2015 Sustainability Framework NRM Survey).
Visit the Fert$mart web site for more information.
NRM Resources Review
This report provides a preliminary overview of the natural resource management (NRM) tools, resources and policies relevant to the Australian dairy industry. Specifically it profiles existing and emerging NRM resources across 10 topics – climate change, water, effluent, biodiversity and waterways, composting, soils, fertiliser and off farm nutrient loss, energy, land management and recycling.
The NRM Resource Resource Review November 2016 is a working document and input is welcome.