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  • Lion Dairy Pride

    Landcare Grants 2019

    Guidelines & Criteria

  • Landcare Australia www.landcareaustralia.org.au

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    Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants 2019

    Guidelines for Applicants

    Lion, in partnership with Landcare Australia, is inviting eligible groups to apply for a 2019 Lion Dairy

    Pride Landcare Grant. As part of Lion’s efforts to create long-term, mutually-beneficial partnerships

    with Lion farmers, the Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants program supports dairy farmers in improving

    the sustainability, productivity and profitability of their farms.

    Projects must address at least one of the two priority funding areas:

    • Improve on-farm biodiversity and land management; and / or

    • Improve energy efficiency.

    To determine whether your project is eligible, please see the eligibility and assessment criteria

    sections below.

    Project Funding Available

    A total funding pool of $80,000.00 (ex GST) is available for eight (8) grants, of up to $10,000 (ex GST)

    per project.

    Enquiries & Assistance

    If you have any questions after reading these guidelines, please call (02) 8440 8819, or email:

    [email protected]

    If you need assistance with your application, please contact your local Lion Farm Services

    representative. They may be able to refer you to an industry specialist who can recommend

    equipment to best suit your dairy farm.

    Key Dates

    Applications open Monday 4th March, 2019

    Applications close Thursday, 18 April 2019, 5pm (AEST)

    Successful applicants notified May, 2019

    Progress Report due Friday 30th August, 2019

    Project completed and Final Report due Friday 20th December, 2019

    mailto:g[email protected]?subject=Re:%20Lion%20Landcare%20Grants%202019

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    Eligibility

    Your farming business is eligible to apply for a Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grant 2019 if it supplies milk

    directly to Lion, or is part of the Dairy Famers Milk Co-operative (DFMC).

    Your project must address at least one of the two priority areas below:

    • Improve on-farm biodiversity and land management, e.g. through supporting

    improvements to biodiversity, nutrient water management, water usage efficiency and / or

    reducing erosion impacts; and / or

    • Improve the energy efficiency of your farm, e.g. through reducing energy consumption and

    / or implementing renewable energy infrastructure.

    Grant-specific conditions:

    • Water usage efficiency projects to provide evidence showing litres saving for reuse and water

    saving infrastructure projects.

    • Energy efficiency projects are required to provide evidence of a reduction in energy usage (in

    kilowatt hours (kWh), and tonnes of carbon), for at least 12 months before, and 12 months

    after grant funds are provided.

    • All applicants are required to undertake and provide their DairySAT as part of their application.

    DairySAT is an environmental self-assessment tool for Australian dairy farmers.

    • While past recipients are welcome to apply, preference will be given to applicants who did

    not receive Lion Landcare funding in the 2018 year.

    • Funding must not be used for political or religious organisations, fundraising dinners or events,

    debt reduction activities, and / or the purchase of vehicles, computers or media equipment.

    General Terms and Conditions

    Landcare Australia is responsible for administering the funding for this grant. Prior to receiving

    funding, you will be required to agree to the Landcare Australia Grants - terms and conditions.

    http://www.dairysat.com.au/ https://landcareaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TAC001-Landcare-Australia-Grants-Terms-and-Conditions-V.2.pdf

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    Priority Funding Areas

    The headings below outline the different project areas that will fit into the overall desired grant

    outcomes of ‘Improving on-farm biodiversity and land management’ and ‘Improving on-farm energy

    efficiency’. A summary of each project area, and how it fits in with dairy farming, is explained below.

    Links to more in-depth information along with case studies of real life examples are also provided

    below. These resources are great for helping deciding on the right type of project for your farm.

    1. Improving on-farm biodiversity and land management

    Improving nutrient management

    Adequate nutrition for pastures and fodder crops is essential for profitable dairy farms. Inputs

    such as fertiliser (which is a significant operational cost), effluent and manure are the primary

    sources of nutrients and nutrient loss from farms. Farm nutrient loss is costly, and can degrade

    waterways, groundwater, habitat for local fauna, and contribute to greenhouse gases.

    The pathways and causes of nutrient loss are well understood, and farmers in recent times have

    been using tools such as the Farm Nutrient Loss Index (FNLI) and Nutrient Management Plans to

    simultaneously identify profitability, and environmental risks.

    Opportunities to reduce these risks include nutrient budgeting for differing farm management

    zones, spreading effluent over larger areas with buffer zones for drainage lines / creeks,

    controlling drainage from hardstand areas and lanes, and composting waste.

    Reducing erosion impacts

    Implementing erosion control on farms protects invaluable soil resources, as well as provides

    productivity and profitability benefits. Soil is essentially a non-renewable resource, because it can

    erode much faster than it is created. Preventing erosion and the movement of sediment also has

    a significant beneficial impact on water quality and aquatic ecosystems in creeks and rivers.

    Maintaining healthy native vegetation around farms can assist stabilise soils and greatly reduce

    the potential for erosion.

    Preventing erosion and / or rehabilitating actively eroding areas early on can greatly reduce the

    impact on farm operations and costs. For example, preventing or repairing gully formation

    increases the efficiency of machinery operations, reduces the reliance on expensive manual

    works, and often reduces requirement for fertiliser inputs. Designing your farm layout to reduce

    potential erosion, particularly in regard to drainage plans, diversion structures and ground cover

    maintenance, significantly reduces the time, costs and lost productivity involved in repairing

    More information and examples of erosion and nutrient management projects:

    • Managing Dairy Farm Effluent (Gipps Dairy)

    • Maximising your fertiliser $ with whole farm soil analysis & mapping (Dairy Australia)

    http://www.asris.csiro.au/themes/nutrient.html#Nutrient_FNLI http://fertsmart.dairyingfortomorrow.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/P1.00303-GippsDairy-Managing-Dairy-Effluent.pdf http://frds.dairyaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/WP1340-Nutrient-management-case-studies.pdf

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    • Cradle Coast NRM & DairyTas – Soil Nutrient Management project (Dairy Tas)

    • Effluent Management Video Series (Dairy Australia)

    • Dairy waste (Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation)

    Installing water-saving products/infrastructure

    In these times of rainfall variability, climate change and drought, implementing water saving

    infrastructure helps dairy farms to be more resilient to water shortages. Being water-use efficient

    and being prepared for reduced access to water and to ensure water supplies are maintained for

    as long as possible, and using available products and infrastructure can help. Water saving projects

    may include water monitoring devices, better catchment and drainage, water recycling

    infrastructure in the dairy.

    Most water used on farms is for growing pastures through irrigation. Implementing better

    irrigation infrastructure doesn’t just reduce water consumption but can also improve productivity.

    Projects use a range of techniques to reduce water loss and environmental impacts of irrigation,

    such as soil moisture technology, on-farm recycling and pressurised systems. Getting professional

    industry advice for water-efficient infrastructure and innovative water-saving products is

    invaluable to farmers.

    Implementing water usage effic

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