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Going together, going far on sustainability

It is said that “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”  
 
Sustainability requires unprecedented cooperation and collaboration. It’s more a marathon than a sprint. That’s why the Australian dairy industry is not going it alone on sustainability.
 
The cooperation of people and organisations from in and outside the dairy value chain has been vital to the progress of the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework since 2012.
 
Dairy collaborates with a range of partners to ensure better outcomes through collective action. This month, we share stories about partnerships that are helping dairy on its journey.

Feed focus for new dairy partnership 


A new $6.5 million research partnership seeks to help Australian dairy farmers maintain efficient, profitable and sustainable pasture-based dairy systems in the future.

Read the full story here
Related reading: Dairy partners with National Farmers Federation to celebrate Ag Day in the classroom

Partnerships hold key APCO award 

Harnessing the power of partnerships to improve the sustainability of its packaging and waste management practices has buoyed dairy business Chobani to a coveted award win.

Read the full story here

Related reading: 
Sustainability a priority for dairy processors
Processors’ latest environmental scorecard

Future-proofing dairy's commitments 

The sustainability of dairy’s commitments to the environment, consumers, animals and dairy people has been tested at webinars that re-imagined the future of nutritious food.
 

Click below to view the webinar recordings. 

The scenarios

What does nutritious food for a healthier world look like in 2030?

Commitments
Good stewardship of the planet 
Nutritious, safe, quality food
Best care for all our animals
Rewarding and building people

The responses

What is the path for navigating the future of nutritious food?

Related reading: 
Nestle unveils roadmap to carbon net zero by 2050
Biodiversity report sets up ausag for sustainable future

 

Global partners find way to cut GHGs 


A study of how cattle health affects GHGs has been undertaken by a partnership between the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, the Global Dairy Platform and the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF).

Read more: How cattle health affects GHGs: DSF (summary and full report)

Milk growth slows, feed, food surge 


While overall milk production is set to increase, a smaller herd, a drop in farm numbers and labour challenges have slowed Australia’s growth in milk production. However, feed production and food service are surging.

Read more: Dairy Situation & Outlook (December 2020)
Related listening: How Australian dairy is tracking in Indonesia
Related reading: Farmgate value likely to hit $65 billion: ABARES

Also in sustainability news

 
Lastly, for a global dairy update, see the International Dairy Federation (IDF) eNews.
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