Biodiversity and Waterways

2015-10-09 15.29.01Biodiversity management is important because it provides both productivity benefits on farm and social and environmental outcomes for the wider community. Benefits include increased overall pasture and animal production, improved stock, corridors for native animals, habitat for native plants, birds and other wildlife, erosion control on waterways and slopes, salinity control and improved water quality.

Since 2001 there has been a 50% increase in the protection of waterways on Australian dairy farms. Over the last 10 years more than half of all dairy farms have implemented a revegetation program on farm.

Case studies show case how some dairy farmers are managing biodiversity to achieve better outcomes for their farm and community.

Tree planting fact sheets and videos

Designing shelterbelts for dairy farms
Video: Designing shelterbelts for dairy farms
Direct seeding of shelterbelts
Video: Direct seeding of shelterbelts
Preparation and planting of shelterbelts
Video: Preparation and planting of shelterbelts
Video: Benefits of shelter belts
Agroforestry Fact Sheet Economics
Shelter impact on pasture production spring 2017

Resources and tools

Queensland Riparian Appraisal Tool
Managing giant Gippsland earthworm habitat on farm
The economic benefits of native shelter belts 2015

Case Studies

Video: BIGG Watercourse Revegetation Project Murray Klemm Dairy Farmer SA
Waterway protection benefits dairy farms
Dairying the Green way
‘Arnum’ land for all
Trees benefit Sale dairy farm
Share farming with nature