DAIRIES TAKE AC­TION

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

DAIRY farm­ers will have an eas­ier job iden­ti­fy­ing crit­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment prac­tices on farm thanks to a new Dairy Self-As­sess­ment Tool (DairySAT).

The up­graded ver­sion of the tool has new on­line fea­tures to help farm­ers fo­cus on ar­eas like soils, fer­tilis­ers and ef­flu­ent man­age­ment so they can gain an over­all view of the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues fac­ing their oper­a­tion.

The tool then cre­ates an ac­tion plan for farm­ers to fol­low. Dairy Aus­tralia de­vel­op­ment man­ager Amy Fay, said the pro­gram had the po­ten­tial to help boost pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“DairySAT helps farm­ers iden­tify any en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment prob­lems on their farms, bench­mark their prac­tices against in­dus­try stan­dards and pro­vide them with re­sources to an­swer their ques­tions,” Ms Fay said.

“This means farm­ers will also be able to keep records of their nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment prac­tices and track their farm’s en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment progress over time.”

DairySAT helps farm­ers:

un­der­stand the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues fac­ing their farm;

know where their en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices sit com­pared to in­dus­try-wide prac­tices;

be able to iden­tify the most crit­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues on their farm;

know the le­gal and dairy com­pany re­quire­ments in re­la­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment;

un­der­stand is­sues where they need more in­for­ma­tion, and be pro­vided with key con­tacts.

For more de­tails, visit www.dairysat.com.au.

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