Get involved in DairyCatch

17 Sep, 2003 10:00 PM

AFTER a successful test stage on four farms, all WA dairy farmers can now share the benefits of the DairyCatch project.

DairyCatch explores best management practice related to natural resource management on dairy farms and is a joint initiative of the Agriculture Department, Western Dairy, Dairy Australia and GeoCatch.

Agriculture Department development officer Tress Walmsley said farmers should now register their interest for the full launch of the project in December.

"The more we can get in, the better," she said.

The initial focus of DairyCatch was effluent management and was based on private consultant Tom Long's work in the Busselton Environmental Improvement Initiative area.

Mr Long has been recruited to the DairyCatch program and according to Ms Walmsley, has done a terrific job monitoring the four test farms, which span the entire dairy farming area of WA.

Ms Walmsley said the three-year program now looked at nutrient levels and other aspects of environmental management.

The DairyCatch project team has succeeded in leveraging additional funds to those provided by the four departments involved.

The National Heritage Trust contributed $145,000, which has gone towards on-ground works.

In his final report as Western Dairy chairman, Phil Depiazzi said the group was particularly proud of its role in facilitating DairyCatch.

"We have ensured that this project is extremely robust and has the capacity to deliver tangible benefit to every WA dairy farmer," he said.


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