With over 12 000 dairies in a tiny country, New Zealand dairy farmers know how to deal with the back end of a dairy shed. That thinking led a small team from the DairyCare Effluent project to visit the Waikato region, located in the North Island of New Zealand.
Seagrass surveys in the Leschenault Estuary have been conducted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation since 2009. That year showed an abundance of healthy seagrass meadows covering about 70 per cent of the estuary. Seagrass monitored again in the summer of 2015, told a different story.
A visit to Queensland to discuss farming best management practice programs to reduce nutrients entering the Great Barrier Reef was invaluable in recognising the important role of farmers in the long term health of estuaries.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation was recently invited to present at a Western Australian Local Government Association Natural Area Management Network Forum (NAMN), hosted by the Shire of Collie, to discuss improving water quality of waterways and wetlands.
An eight-year project by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to improve fertiliser use on-farm and deliver environmental benefits has been recognised as meeting national industry standards.
Members of the Sustainable Agriculture Project Reference Group visited the state’s first robotic dairies in Denmark to see how the new technology has changed day to day operations in the milking shed.