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.

Natural resource management works

Since 2000 Australian dairy farmers have made significant improvements in how they manage soil, water, fertiliser and biodiversity. More farmers now soil test and use nutrient management plans. They have also fenced off more waterways to protect them from stock and revegetated areas to increase farm biodiversity. These changes have been facilitated by partnerships between farmers, Dairy Australia, milk processors and Regional NRM bodies.

Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework NRM Survey 2015

Dairying for Tomorrow Newsletter

The DfT team would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the newsletter over the years with a special thanks to the editor, Gillian Hayman. Whilst this the final Dairying for Tomorrow newsletter in its current form there will be ongoing Dairying for Tomorrow updates.

DfT Newsletter June 2016

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