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Dairy Sustainability eNews

Meeting the challenge of climate change

The “code red” warning for managing climate change in the latest report from the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put the world on notice. Again.
 
For our part, Australian dairy farmers and manufacturers are committed to meeting the challenge of climate change. This is a public commitment made in the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework.
 
The dairy industry supports Australian agriculture’s climate change policy for a goal of net zero carbon across the economy. Dairy’s goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 is under review.
 
See below how we are taking action on climate change – and other sustainability issues.

Tess takes real action on climate

Dairy farmer Tess Butler is one of several Australian farmers telling their climate stories in a new campaign that highlights real climate action in Australian agriculture.
See the story here

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Tess Butler talks about taking climate action

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Did you know? There are 30 ways Australian dairy is tackling climate change

Dairy foods build strong, healthy bones

Australians are being urged to eat dairy foods to build and maintain strong bones and muscles. As part of Healthy Bones Action Week (23 to 29 August 2021) Dairy Australia is showing people how to include their recommended daily intake of dairy into their diet. See more here

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$55m bid for cows with fewer GHGs

Australian scientists have been given $55 million to chart the environmental footprint of the Australian cow and breed more productive dairy cows which "produce fewer climate emissions".
See the story here

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RD&E strategy assists dairy farmers adapt, cope with climate change
Researchers hope to run world-first carbon neutral dairy farm by 2026
 
Did you know? Cows are wearing masks in bid to cut GHGs

Lab ‘milk’ makes case for real milk

A move by Australia’s oldest dairy cooperative into making "animal-free" milk has raised industry awareness of the importance of promoting and labelling the nutritional benefits of real milk for consumers.
See the story here

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Fake milk labelling “poses” risk to healthy food choices
Dairy aims to improve health outcomes for all Australians
Study finds Australians being duped by plant-based labels
 
Did you know? More dairy can cut Australia’s health bill by $2 billion

Manufacturers’ emissions decreasing

Australian dairy manufacturers are making strong progress in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Results are published in the Dairy Manufacturers Sustainability Council (DMSC) 2020 scorecard.

GHG emissions intensity decreased 3.3% over the year, from 141.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2~e) per ML of milk processed to 136.7 tCO2~e per ML of milk processed during 2019/20. This represents a 23.5% decrease from 2010/11. These results represent 86% of the milk volume.

Download the scorecard here

 

Stanhope factory stands test of time

A dairy processing plant has celebrated 100 years of milk processing in regional Victoria where it has provided rewarding livelihoods for generations of workers from the local community. See the story here

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Dairy aims to increase resilience, prosperity for dairy communities

Did you know? 86% of people in regional areas think dairy is an essential part of their community

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For more information see the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Report 2020

New interest in managing surplus calves

The sustainable management of surplus dairy calves seems closer after the Australian dairy industry came together last month to talk about new ways to manage non-replacement bull and heifer calves.

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The Australian Dairy Farmers dairy beef online forum here

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Dairy’s goal: Best care for all animals for whole of life

Also, in sustainability news

 
Don’t miss: Pathways to Dairy Net Zero, a joint-meeting of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the Global Dairy Platform, on Monday, September 13, 2021, 13:00 – 15:00 CEST. Register here.
 
Lastly, for a glimpse at the future of dairy sustainability globally, see the latest Dairy Sustainability Outlook from the IDF, launched alongside the UN Food Systems Summit pre-summit in Rome last month.
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