Our Catchments, Our Communities is working with dairy farmers to adopt best practice management for sustainable practices on their farms. The dairy extension program integrates the previous DairySet, FertSmart and Dairy Effluent Management programs.

The program, covering 1819 hectares to date, enables whole-of-farm management of nutrients, which provides environmental benefits to high-value catchments in the region. The program has motivated a new group of farmers who were not previously involved in natural resource management.

In addition to the funding assistance from the dairy extension program, farmers and community members were invited to participate in a Deakin University electrofishing demonstration along the Gellibrand River to enhance their knowledge. The session provided a unique opportunity to learn more about the Gellibrand River and its fishy inhabitants. It was also an opportunity for farmers and landowners to learn more about the importance of river restoration and the part they can play to help improve fish habitat.

The dairy farms in the Corangamite region experience high rainfall and have connections to high-value waterways and significant environment areas. Nutrient sources from dairy farms, such as fertilisers rich in nitrogen, can cause waterway degradation. The Sustainable Dairy Management project is just one of the initiatives using an integrated catchment management approach, providing benefits for farmers, the community and the environment.

Gellibrand River in the Otway Ranges

Gellibrand River. Photo credit: Corangamite CMA.

Partners

Corangamite CMA, West Vic-Dairy, Agriculture Victoria, Wannon Water, Deakin University, Central Otways Landcare Network, Heytesbury District Landcare Network and landholders.

Page last updated: 28/06/19