2020 Virtual Sustainable Dairying and Effluent Expo

This biennial event was scheduled for May 2020, but COVID-19 changed our plans. Although we couldn't host trade displays and farmer Q&A panels, we used four online webinars as an opportunity for some important regulatory and technical updates around effluent management, dam permits, water licensing, carbon farming and water quality.

We look forward to hosting another Sustainable Dairying and Effluent Expo in May 2022 at Meander, Tasmania.

Webinar details are provided below.

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Dairy cows in north east Tasmania. Photo Credit: DairyTas

Towards Carbon Neutral Dairy Farming

With Professor Richard Eckard, Director, Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, University of Melbourne.

Richard is a global expert in livestock greenhouse emissions. Updates on latest research and what that means for farmers:

  • livestock greenhouse gas accounting
  • methane
  • soil carbon
  • "Carbon Neutral by 2030" targets

Richard will be joined by Dr Karen Christie from Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. They have been working on greenhouse gas accounting for dairy farms for over 10 years. Karen will share results from a typical Tasmanian dairy farm.

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Online Webinar Recording

Presentation by Professor Richard Eckard

Presentation by Dr Karen Christie

Effluent Need to Know

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • important updates on dairy effluent plans, transfer of dairy licences and approvals for effluent storages, presented by Ashley Hossack, Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority;
  • the 3 S's of successful systems - storage, solids management & sufficient reuse area, and real life examples showing good and not-so-good effluent design and management, by Scott Birchall, AgSystems Design; and
  • results from DairyTas water metering project measuring effluent water use on a Tasmanian farm and learnings from the NZ Effluent Expo trip, by Quate Lockett, Irrigation and Dairy Solutions.

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Online Webinar Recording

Introduction from Rachel Brown, Sustainable Dairying Advisor, DairyTas

Presentation from Ashley Hossack

Presentation from Scott Birchall

Presentation from Quate Lockett

Contacts and resources for effluent management on Tasmanian dairy farms

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Irrigating pasture at sunset. Photo credit: DairyTas.

Dam Permits and Water Information Need to Know

Learn important information from DPIPWE Water Management Team staff on new water management information:

  • Megan Terry will cover dam permit approvals process
  • Dr Toni Furlonge will highlight information available in the new Tasmanian Water Information Portal
  • Plus an overview of the 2019/2020 irrigation season - how restrictions went over summer, compliance audits already completed & planned, and how to get organised for next irrigation season.

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Online Webinar Recording. Password to access the video is: WaterR3gs!)

Introduction from Rachel Brown, Sustainable Dairying Advisor, DairyTas

Presentation from Megan Terry

Presentation from Dr Toni Furlonge

What Live in Our Rivers?

Join John Gooderham from the Waterbug Blitz to learn about the incredible world of aquatic life in our rivers:

  • from the very tiniest waterbugs to the largest aquatic invertebrate in the world
  • crazy waterbug sex and cannibalism - there is a lot happening in acquatic ecosystems!
  • quick tips on how to tell if a waterway is healthy?
  • what can we do to look after our waterways?

John is one of Australasia's best aquatic ecologists and an engaging presenter. If you love our rivers & waterways, don't miss this webinar! One for the kids to join too.

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Online Webinar Recording. Password to access the video is: 5D*$nK90

Presentation from John Gooderham

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John Gooderham from the Waterbug Blitz.
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Berosus sp. Photo credit: John Gooderham
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Berosus sp. Photo credit: John Gooderham

Acknowledgements

The webinars were funded through the NRM North River Health Action Plan, with support from DairyTas staff Liz Mann, Sian Savage and Joss Hall, and Ashleigh Walker at NRM North. Webinars were co-ordinated & facilitated by Rachel Brown, Sustainable Dairying Adviser at DairyTas (contractor).

Partners

Funded by the River Health Action Plan, with support from DairyTas.

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Partners

Funded by the River Health Action Plan, with support from DairyTas.

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