Since its inception in 2017, the partnership between Landcare Australia and The a2 Milk™ Company has provided more than $600,000 of funding for sustainability initiatives with positive environmental and business outcomes for a2 Milk™ farms.
This includes the 2021 a2 Milk™ Sustainable Agriculture Landcare Grants that are providing $240,000 of funding to nine dairy farmers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia their grant projects (see below list of grant recipients).
The projects, funded for up to $35,000 each, focus on different initiatives to enhance sustainability and achieve positive environmental and business outcomes, such as increased biodiversity, reduced erosion, improved productivity, and improved pasture health, as well as energy reduction initiatives.
There are 25 certified a2 Milk™ dairy farms across Australia. Each cow on these farms has been selected to produce only the a2 protein and none of the a1 protein found in regular cows’ milk.
2021 a2 Milk™ Sustainable Agriculture Landcare Grant Recipients:
New South Wales:
|Billing||Reduce energy consumption by installing Variable Speed Drive System and Stage 2 of Solar & Inverters|
|MD & PM Gray||Installation of hot water storage & solar system that will reduce energy consumption|
|Perryview Farm||Purchase of slurry spreader and upgrade of effluent system which will assist with wastewater recycling, and improve nutrient management and water quality.|
|R. Collie Pty
Ky Valley Dairy
|Installation of water heating to reduce energy consumption|
|Inionba Pastoral||Build sustainable effluent system for dairy’s waste management|
|Duggan||Effluent system upgrade to benefit water quality and reduce environmental impact from lower fertiliser applications|
|PJ & J Boley||Fertigation upgrade to maximise capture of nutrient values and to benefit soil health and crop yield|
Case Studies for a selection of previous a2 Milk™ Sustainable Agriculture Landcare Grant projects: