Profitable Dairying in a Carbon Constrained Future
There are many options for managing farm greenhouse gas emissions as part of a profitable dairy business. However there is also a lot of complex information and some confusion. In the following resources we explain the various options for and benefits of reducing dairy emissions, for profitability, productivity and environmental gains.
For a full summary of NRM resources available to the dairy sector see the NRM Resources Review v1.1 2016.
NEW - For information on managing climate risk, liabilities and opportunities see the Managing climate risk page.
Dairy Businesses for Future Climates
The Dairy Businesses for Future Climates (DBFC) interdisciplinary research project set out to explore how three different dairy farm systems in Gippsland, Tasmania and South Australia may perform under predicted climate changes out to 2040. The project completed June 2016.
Videos and presentations
Dairy Businesses for Future Climates Showcase - multiple presentations from project team members, Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, 23 August 2016 (External link to PICCC)
VIDEO: National findings of the Dairy Businesses for Future Climates project (External link to YouTube video, July 2016)
Preparing Australian Dairy Businesses for Extreme and More Variable Climates – a Research Project Integrating Economic, Biophysical and Social Aspects - Dr Brendan Cullen, NCCARF Conference, July 2016 (PDF, Conference presentation, July 2016)
WEBINAR: Dairy Businesses for Future Climates project - Dr Brendan Cullan, Agriculture Victoria Webinar, 21 June 2016 (External link to MP4 recording, June 2016)
Future pathways for Australian dairy farms: Conference poster – 6th International Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture Conference, Melbourne, February 2016 (PDF, Conference poster)
How the dairy industry is using climate change science - Dr Rachel Brown, Greenhouse Conference 2015 (PDF, Conference presentation, October 2015)
Preparing Australian dairy businesses for extreme and more variable climates through interdisciplinary research - Monique White, NCCARF Conference 2014 (PDF, Conference synopsis and poster, 2014)
Research reports and publications
Smarter Energy Use - Program outputs
The Smarter energy use program delivered energy efficiency information as well as conducting ~1,400 energy assessments on dairy farms across Australia. The program completed in June 2015 and below is a compilation of the outputs specific to the dairy industry.
Reducing energy use - tools and examples
Options for renewable energy
Analysis of on-farm energy data
Smarter Energy Use program evaluation
Additional external energy resources
Climate and Weather Information
Other Programs and Projects
Dairying for Tomorrow
Future Ready Dairy Systems
Whole farm systems analysis research program
Cool Cows – dealing with heat stress in Australian dairy herds
Managing Climate Variability Program – improves forecasting and develops tools for Australian producers to better respond to climate variability
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
CSIRO Climate Adaptation Research
Climate Change Research Program (completed June 2012) - Outcomes from the program are still available here
Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture – an independent alliance launched in Sept 2014 at the UN Climate Summit, dedicated to addressing the challenges facing food security and agriculture under a changing climate.