grass roots community organisation that aims to improve natural condition of the derwent catchment

Dairy Cares for the Derwent

Dairy Cares for the Derwent is a collaborative initiative from local Farmers, Daidairy_cowry Tasmania, The Derwent Catchment Project, Taswater and both State and Federal Governments to ensure environmental sustainability underpins expansion of the southern Tasmanian dairy industry.

There is potential for major growth in the dairy industry as Tasmania has recently expanded its processing capacity. The Derwent Valley is a key area for opportunity given the excellent water rights on some properties adjacent to the Derwent River.

The Dairy Cares for the Derwent program aims to engage with all dairy farmers in the Derwent Catchment to plan and implement best management practices that will help protect water quality in the Derwent River.

This will be achieved by implementing property management planning and as the principal tool for engagement. The plans will ensure 100% stock exclusion and good riparian buffers for all dairy farms fronting the Derwent River and all tributaries on dairy farms draining into the Derwent River.

A Fert$mart nutrient management plan will be an integral part of property management planning and will be regularly reviewed and actioned. All dairy farms will have best practice effluent management as part of their Fert$mart approach. The fertsmart process involves soil testing of nutrient levels on a paddock scale so that efficiency can be optimised and waste reduced.  The program has already completed 4 fert$mart plans and more are underway. If you are interested in the program and would like more information please contact the facilitator, Josie Kelman,

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