Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants 2019

Lion Dairy & Drinks (Lion) and Landcare Australia have awarded eight Australian dairy farmers with grants to improve sustainability on their farms.

The dairy farmers, based in five states across Australia have been awarded funding through this the 2019 Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants program for projects that will help them respond to challenges and enhance the sustainability of their operations.

Dairy Farmers who supply Lion either as direct suppliers or through the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative members were invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 (excluding GST).  Funding of $80,000 has been awarded this year to help the eight successful dairy farmers undertake projects focused on a variety of initiatives.

The grant program forms part of Lion Dairy Pride a dairy farmer sustainability program launched by Lion in 2016 (Click to read about case studies from the 2016/2017 grant recipients).

The program offers farmers who supply Lion a unique way to measure, evaluate and improve key areas of sustainability on their farm. The program includes a website and an easy to use online self-assessment tool, which looks at all areas of a dairy business including quality, animal welfare, environment management, farm safety, labour management and effective business management.

Here’s highlights of two of the eight projects that have received 2019 Dairy Pride Landcare Grants:

Milking the solar system

With the ever increasing cost of energy, it’s imperative for dairy businesses to look at alternative energy sources, such as solar to decrease costs.

Whittaker Farms in Gippsland, Victoria is a family run dairy business consisting of three dairy farms, a young stock block and a turnout (cropping) block.

They are the recipients of a 2019 Dairy Pride Landcare Grant for its Milking the Solar System project to be used for their main dairy farm which milks 1,000 cows through a modern computerised rotary dairy.

Solar panels will be installed on their existing North East facing roof space on the Dairy Shed and Calf Shed.

In her grant application, Bree Whittaker stated, “It’s vital that we are proactive in minimising our reliance on brown coal energy and to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. As dairy farmers we are keen to pursue a sustainable approach to dairying, to benefit our productivity and profitability.”

Underground main to increase area for effluent application

James and Sari Geraghty run a dairy farm in Millaa Millaa, Queensland where they milk 250 cows year round on 450 acres that they own and 900 that they lease.

They’ve been applying dairy effluent to 3.5 hectares which is insufficient under Dairy Pride criteria. They were successful with their grants application to fund the installation of 500 plus metres of underground mains to allow effluent to be spread over an additional 8.5 hectares (for a total of 12 hectares) which will reduce the possibility of nutrient overload on the current 3.5 hectares being used.

In addition to making better use of nutrients, irrigating this additional area will help with pasture production in the dry season.

2019 Lion Dairy Pride Grant recipients

Grant Recipient Property Location Project Name
Gavin Chitttick Kangaroo Valley, NSW Nutrient Reuse
Andrew & Christine Farr – Palmdale Holsteins Singleton, NSW Micro Catchment
Mike Boerema -Minko North Dairy Korune, SA Minko North Solar
Vic & Denise Rodwell – Rodwell Farms Boyanup, WA Solar Insulation on Dairy
Warrick & Emma Tyrell Waterloo, WA Protecting Natural Creeks from Cattle Grazing
Adrian & Mike Whittaker-Whittaker Farms Denison, VIC Milking the Solar System
Michael & Glenda Henry Hodgsonvale, QLD Effluent Reuse System
James & Sari Geraghty Millaa Millaa, QLD Underground Main to Increase Area for Effluent Application

Lion also awarded 2019 Lion Orchard Pride Grants —read more.

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