Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants 2019
In 2018 Lion Dairy & Drinks (Lion) and Landcare Australia awarded eight Australian dairy farmers with grants to improve sustainability on their farms. In May we will announce the successful 2019 Australian dairy farmers who will be receiving grants for their projects that improve biodiversity and land management or increase energy efficiency.
Dairy Farmers from across Australia 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). Close to $90,000 in funding was awarded in 2018 to help eight successful dairy farmers based in five states 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 2016/2018 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.
A little bit more about some of the projects that received funding in 2018:
Pensurst Pastoral, one of grant recipients identified an opportunity to reduce their cost base by converting from a conventional energy source (coal fired) electricity supply for their entire dairy hot water, to a new large capacity solar hot water system. This will have a three way impact on the farm’s bottom line. It will reduce their monthly costs through electricity savings, improve milk quality as they will have improved hot water capacity in their cleaning system and will also be able to use 20% less chemicals in their dairy cleaning.
At Bonaccord, their project is capturing the lost energy from the heat pump and return it to the preheat hot water cylinder thereby reducing greenhouse emissions.
And at Chalk Farms the goal was to reduce the risk of offsite movement of sediment and nutrients from the earthen yard and to capture nutrients into an effluent management system based on industry best practice.
The nine 2018 Lion Dairy Pride Grant recipients were:
|The Valley Dairy atf WKD Family Trust||QLD||The Valley Landcare|
|Penshurst Pastoral||NSW||Energy Saving through Solar Hot Water|
|Bonaccord||TAS||Heat recovery from milk|
|Chalk Partnership||QLD||Capturing and Reusing Effluent from Dairy|
|JP ER Pethybridge||VIC||Taking PRIDE in our Waterway, by Using Effluent the Right Way|
|Redhollow Farms||TAS||Redhollow Farms Robotic Dairy|
|TJ & LR Parrish||NSW||LED Lighting Upgrade|
|MJ & JM Williamson||TAS||Effluent Dam|
|Kitchen Farms||WA||Solar Power Installation|