Dairy South Australia


 

Since October 2001, Outsourced Environmental have facilitated a range of projects on behalf of Dairy SA. The initial project consisted of an evaluation of environmental and sustainability risks associated with the expansion of the dairy industry in the South East of South Australia.

The South East dairy industry in South Australia has recently experienced strong growth due to a combination of increased farm productivity and the conversion of a number of beef farms over to dairy production.

Dairy industry growth is likely to continue over the next 10 years as it experiences a period of rapid expansion. By the year 2010 milk production is estimated to increase by 750 million litres, half of which will be produced in the South east of South Australia. This recent growth has led to an increase in the use of farm inputs such as water, fertiliser, feed, and supplementary foods. Consequently this intensification has led to increased environmental scrutiny of the dairy industry in the South East by other community stake holders.

Despite the aspirations for excellence shown by the industry and its strong growth, the environmental impacts associated with the current dairy management practices in the South East of South Australia are unclear. At present the industry lacks monitoring and management mechanisms to support their commitment to sustainable land and environmental practices and their desire to generate net improvements in the farming environment.

Outsourced Environmental was asked to partner with the industry (Dairy SA) to:-

  1. Facilitate a review of selected farms in the South East, consult with the community, and then develop a sustainable footprint program strategy to enhance the environmental performance of the industry.

    Environmental Footprint Project Plan May 2003 - (pdf 1,076 K)


  2. Facilitate a review of the target-setting model developed by the national dairy industry environmental program and to review the application of the model in the Myponga catchment on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.


  3. Facilitate a process of grower consultation and independent environmental risk assessment, to evaluate and recommend improvement opportunities for the DairySAT assessment tool (the national dairy environmental program facilitated by Dairy Australia, has developed a self assessment tool called DairySAT).

 

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