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||
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|