Agriculture and land management activities produce almost 17% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, with 60% of those emissions from livestock.
Farm300 was developed by MLA to help cattle and sheep producers increase on-farm productivity and profitability while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The extension program ran from June 2013 to May 2015 and was funded by the Australian Government. It was managed by MLA in partnership with the Australian Farm Institute, Australian Wool Innovation and Dairy Australia.
Farm300 began with a series of workshops for livestock industry advisors in May and June 2014.
Advisors received intensive training, support and resources to build practical knowledge and skills on climate variability, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and business profitability and sustainability.
The workshops were conducted in collaboration with another Australian Government-funded project, Project2020 by RIST.
Twenty-five advisors were selected to work with groups of six to 15 producers, delivering six to eight locally relevant coaching sessions between August 2014 and April 2015.
Some of the key issues addressed in the coaching sessions included the link between greenhouse gas emissions and:
- reproductive efficiency;
- pasture utilisation, and
- stocking rates.
The progress of six Farm300 participants was tracked in a video series which can be viewed by clicking on the My Farm300 journey video links below.
A List of Farm300 coaches is also available
Farm300 case studies
NSW sheep producer Nick Gay focused on increasing his stocking rate and matching it to carrying capacity.
This is part two of Nick’s journey, showing his learnings at the end of Farm300.
SA cattle producer Sandy Nott investigated using grapemarc as a supplementary feed source which increases kg/head and reduces emissions.
This is part two of Sandy’s journey, showing his learnings at the end of Farm300.
NSW sheep producer Tom McGuiness focused on matching stocking rate with feed availability and the changing climate.
This is part two of Tom’s journey, showing his learnings at the end of Farm300.
SA cattle and sheep producer Janet Furler looked at alternative pasture species and feed to fill feed gaps, increase efficiencies and reduce methane emissions.
This is part two of Janet’s journey, showing her learnings at the end of Farm300.
Victorian cattle and sheep producer Glen White explored increased stocking rates, profitability and land conservation.
This is part two of Glen’s journey, showing his learnings at the end of Farm300.
Victorian mixed farmer Simon Ross measured the efficiency, emissions and profitability of the farm’s sheep feedlot.
This is part two of Simon’s journey, showing his learnings at the end of Farm300.
Farm300 concluded with a live webinar in April 2015 which covered the following areas:
- Opportunities a Farm300 coach identified for producers to increase profitability while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- What a Farm300 producer is now doing differently to increase productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- How the Emissions Reduction Fund works and the opportunities it offers producers
The webinar can be viewed by clicking on the Farm300 Webinar link below.
A number of resources were developed to support Farm300 participants and other livestock producers interested in boosting productivity while reducing GHG emissions.
Three steps to managing the impact of climate – Discover three simple steps to managing the impact of climate, which will help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions footprint of your property and can also have positive benefits on productivity and risk management. Click on the video link below.
Sustainable grazing – a producer resource – This online manual introduces producers to grazing techniques that increase their productivity while reducing methane emissions per hectare.
Feed Demand Calculator video tutorials – These four video tutorials explain what the Feed Demand Calculator is, how to use it, and how it can be used in your business.
Why sustainability matters – In this video, Rabobank's Head of Sustainable Business Development Marc Oostdijk and Phil Cohn from RAMP Carbon explain the push-pull factors driving the need to act on climate variability and shifts in livestock production globally.
Producer case studies – The following videos feature producers who are taking different approaches to managing climate variability.
Cattle and sheep producer and Farm300 participant James Houston from the upper Murray region has increased productivity on his property by rotational grazing. This has increased native grasses and allowed calves to be weaned and sent to market earlier. These changes have not only allowed carrying capacity to be improved but have also reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Champion participants Peter and Raeleen Whip are developing a highly efficient enterprise at Royston, south of Longreach. As well as managing seasonal variability, they are proof that reducing emissions from cattle production does not have to come at the cost of profit.
Climate Champion Peter Holding is responding to climate extremes by making bold changes on his cropping and sheep properties at Harden, NSW – including the move to an indoor shedding system to finish his lambs with consistency. In this video Peter shares the climate tools he uses to help him respond to climate variability, monitor moisture and avoid temperature shock.
For more information about the project please contact the Farm300 National Coordinator:
M: 0429 329 349
E: [email protected]