Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants

The Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants program has been active since 2016. The program offers farmers who supply Lion a unique way to measure, evaluate and improve key areas of sustainability on their farm.

Each year since then, dairy farmers who supply Lion either as direct suppliers or through the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative members have been invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 (excluding GST).

In 2019, eight dairy farmers, based in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia were awarded a total of $80,000 in funding through this program for projects that will help them respond to challenges and enhance the sustainability of their operations.

This latest round of Lion Dairy Pride Grants supported farmers to install new technology infrastructure on their farms to enable them to become more sustainable and efficient.

Energy efficient technologies have helped the farmers reduce their farms’ carbon footprint and energy costs associated with activities undertaken during electricity peak-usage hours, such us pumping, milking, grain milling and water heating. 

Farmers with projects focused on land management were able to improve their pastures and orange crop quality by building new effluent dams, irrigation systems and pumps. The benefits from these projects include increased soil fertility, improved pasture quality and pasture production, reduced nutrient overload, maximised effluent usage, reduced fertilizer usage and costs and reduced water usage for irrigation.

Below are the eight farmers who received  2019 Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants, each with a link to individual project case studies providing an overview of their project, purpose, goals, outcomes.

2019 Lion Dairy Pride Grant Case Studies

Grant Recipient Property Location

Project Name/

Case Study Link

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

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).

Click here to read about the outcomes of our 2019 Lion Orchard Pride Grant projects.

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