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Dairy Sustainability eNews

 

Sustainability: climate, people, animals and more…

The world of sustainability has understandably been consumed by talk about reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to the COP26 climate change conference.
 
This past week, the responsible use of antibiotics is in the news. It coincided with a day of celebration for Australian agriculture and a campaign to get school leavers thinking about a career in agriculture.
 
For the Australian dairy industry, being sustainable means managing climate risk, the responsible use of antibiotics when caring for our animals and providing a safe, rewarding workplace. It is all these things. And more…

Taking stock of our ambition for 2030

The Australian dairy industry is doing something that many nations at the COP26 meeting did – it is reviewing its climate target for 2030.  An update on the review of all the goals and targets in the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework was shared with the Dairy Sustainability Consultative Forum.
See the forum report here, session recordings below:

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Less GHGs, more nutrition, 1 billion jobs

The global dairy sector is committed to cutting GHG emissions while delivering high-quality nutrition and supporting livelihoods for one billion people. Pathways to Dairy Net Zero was part of two virtual events at COP26.

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Managing a silent threat to food security

The rule of thumb for using antibiotics and other antimicrobials for the health and welfare of farm animals is “as little possible, as much as necessary”. Last week was World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. All farmers using antibiotics responsibly under veterinary direction is a target for the Australian dairy industry.
See how dairy farmers manage antimicrobial stewardship here
WATCH Data, insights improve antibiotic use by vets, farmers
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Wanted: Skills, experience with surplus calves

The Australian dairy industry is seeking expressions of interest from suitable people to join a skills-based group tasked with recommending a policy for managing surplus calves. Establishing a policy is an industry priority.
For more details contact here
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WATCH View the ADF Dairy Beef Forum (July 2021) recordings here

Dairy makes prime time on National AgDay

School kids were digitally connected to dairy farming during Farmer Time on National Agriculture Day this month. Discover Dairy delivered a free, curriculum-aligned virtual classroom session to 55 year 3 students to teach them more about jobs on dairy farms, how dairy foods are produced in Australia, technology, sustainability, and the health and nutritional benefits of consuming dairy.
Subscribe and stay updated on Discover Dairy news and events here
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School-leaver program AgCAREERSTART kicks off on AgDay

Dairy barns, free stall systems on rise

The number of dairy barns and free-stall systems in northern Victoria is tipped to rise as farmers seek to better manage climate change, water policy reform and business growth.
See story here
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Gold awards for Australia’s best quality milk in 2021

Also, in sustainability news
Australia’s ‘can do’ bank pilots green loans for agribusiness FS Sustainability
New database unlocks food’s nutritional value for consumers ABC News
Supermarkets pledge to halve environmental impact by 2030 BBC News
Carbon soil projects pivotal in government’s net zero plan ABC News
Vertical, novel farming start-ups lure money from investors Ag Funder News
Study finds Australians are increasingly cynical, untrusting Governance Institute
Winery on-track to be carbon neutral without offsets by 2025 ABC News
Cow feed that cuts methane emissions nears Europe rollout Farming Independent
 
Have your say: The Australian agriculture sustainability framework is out for feedback.
 
Lastly, for the latest in global dairy news, see the latest Dairy Flash from the European Dairy Association and the 2020 US Dairy Sustainability Report.
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