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Dairy farmers in Western Australia have a long history of being concerned for the environment in which they live and work, from early involvement with Landcare District Committees through to participating in the various programs run in DairyCatch.
They have planted trees, organised soil testing programs, carried out salinity surveys and, more recently, have signed up for effluent, nutrient and irrigation water management programs. Many of these programs produce benefits both on and off the farm—they can improve the farm environment, increase farm productivity and reduce nutrient losses to surface and ground water. The wider community has supported farmers with funding from both State and National landcare programs.
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Fertilizers, Nutrients, Catchment, Isotopes, Western Australia
Plant Sciences | Soil Science
Bennett, D, Russell, B, Staines, M, Morris, R, Bolland, M, and Lucey, J. (2011), Greener pastures 7 - A fresh look at nutrient losses from intensively managed pastures. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4810.
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