An A$7 million programme to boost dairy soil health has been launched in Victoria.

The Victorian state government in Australia and its dairy sector have jointly launched a new innovative research programme to improve soil health.

Australia’s largest dairy co-operative Norco is back making ice cream, 18 months after a catastrophic flood destroyed its manufacturing plant.

Australia's largest dairy co-operative Norco is back making ice cream, 18 months after a catastrophic flood destroyed its manufacturing plant.

Under the buy-out scheme, the Government will buy the businesses of Dutch livestock farmers who are categorised as ‘regular’ or ‘peak’ polluters.

While New Zealand seems to be treading water on the subject of pricing emissions and the future of He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN), pending a new government, the Netherlands has been clearer on its proposed farm buy-out scheme, as part of its effort to reduce nitrogen emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

For Australian farmers, knowing their carbon footprint will be the first step towards reducing emissions.

Rising input costs are affecting Australian dairy farmers, making it more important than ever to ensure that the farm is operating efficiently and not wasting money, says Dairy Australia.

Kyle van Hofwegen oversees cropping on the 7000 acre farm that feeds up to 15,000 head of stock including 8000 dairy cows.

Not known for its dairy herds, Southern Arizona typically resembles a lunar landscape with a few unhealthy patches of scrub scattered through the area. However, about 90 minutes southwest of Phoenix at Gila Bend, Sunset Farms and its Paloma Dairy operation displays a verdant green interruption and a scale that overshadows even the largest operations in New Zealand.

Australian dairy farmers are backing a new five-year research project looking into reducing the reliance on nitrogen fertilisers used in pasture production.

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