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Living Snapshot: West Gippsland Dairy Farms

GippsDairy and Dairy Australia, in partnership with West Gippsland CMA, Southern Rural Water and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources have produced five case studies to showcase the efforts that dairy farmers and the dairy industry have made towards preserving and protecting the Gippsland Lakes.

The case studies highlight actions taken by farmers in the Macalister Irrigation District and in the upper catchments of rivers to preserve the water quality of the Gippsland Lakes.

The case studies have also been developed into two YouTube clips that show how both dryland and irrigation farmers with a social conscience are managing their farms, and how governments and organisations are working with the dairy industry to ensure the Gippsland Lakes are not negatively impacted by actions in the catchments.

Dryland Dairy Farmers 

Griffin_Page_1Case Study – In for the long haul

When Stuart Griffin’s great-grandfather first arrived at their Westbury property almost 100 years ago, he would have little idea how his farming methods impacted on the nearby Moe River or Gippsland Lakes, more than 100 kilometres downstream.

Today, Stuart and wife Belinda are helping to manage a farm that is in tune with its neighbours, the environment and the wider community.

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Paynter_Page_1Case Study – Taking the long view

The law tells Ron Paynter that effluent isn’t allowed to leave his farm, but common-sense and a sense of community would make sure of it anyway.

Farming in the hill country of Ellinbank, just south of Warragul, Ron knows that every drop of liquid waste that enters the waterways on his property could potentially end up hundreds of kilometres away in the Gippsland Lakes.

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Macalister Irrigation District Farmers

Bermingham_Page_1Case Study – Investing in the future

When people think of dairy farming, laser technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind.

But for Macalister Irrigation District farmers like Jason Bermingham, using the best of 21st century technology is as much a part of his business as heifers and hay bales.

Laser graded paddocks are crucial for making the most of the water that is allocated from Glenmaggie Weir to the Nambrok farm each season.
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Missen_Page_1Case Study – Every drop counts

When Brad Missen thinks about improving water efficiency on his dairy farm, he can look to the past and the future for inspiration.

The 100 hectare Missen family dairy farm at Denison in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) was one of the first in the region to install major water recycling infrastructure as part of a whole farm plan.

Today, Brad is at the forefront of tapping into technology that will make even better use of the precious irrigation water that is the lifeblood of the district.
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White_Page_1Case Study – Going with the flow

With the Thomson River running through his farm, Brad White doesn’t need much reminding of his environmental responsibilities.

The Riverslea farmer knows that every drop of water that leaves his dairy property runs straight down the river into nearby Sale and from there to the Gippsland Lakes.

That connection has been a major reason behind the building of infrastructure to keep water and nutrients on the farm, which is located in the heart of the Macalister Irrigation District.
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