CSA offer a customised environmental management planning service that is specifically targeted at intensive dairy farms.
Our service offering ranges from advice on nutrient retention and management to whole farm nutrient efficiency planning and monitoring. This is service is benchmarked against production to ensure realism in nutrient planning.
A typical whole farm nutrient retention efficiency plan will be based around the following stages:
Quantification of nutrient imports in concentrated and forage based purchased stockfeed and inorganic and organic fertiliser purchases
Quantification of nutrient exports in liquid milk sales, calf sales, mature cow sales, dead stock sales, stock exports and forage sales
Quantification of nutrient storage in stock liveweight gain and capital growth in soil cation exchange capacity and soil organic matter storage
Analysis of nutrient application methods for organic and inorganic fertilisers over the calendar year across multiple areas of the farm
Lysimeter installation across key surface drainage and various groundwater flow points to monitor macro-nutrients leaching into the groundwater reservoir and macro-nutrient exit flows into surrounding rivers and the sea
Overall analysis of system compliance with local government and federal government environmental health regulations
Report generation based on the above information
Whole Farm Management System Change Proposals
Identification of key weaknesses in the current system based on the report provided
Solution development to rectify these key areas
On-going nutrient monitoring
Monitor macro-nutrient leaching into the groundwater reservoir and macro-nutrient exit flows into surrounding rivers and the sea
Report generation to show compliance with local and federal government regulations