DAIRIES TAKE ACTION
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.