Australian Dairy Unites on Nutrient Project

AUSTRALIA - Dairy farmers across the country are helping scientists come up with a national standard for nutrient accounting.
calendar icon 13 November 2008
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Forty-four farms from Northern Queensland, right along the east coast to Tasmania and across to Western Australia, have had their nutrients monitored for the past six months, reported ABCRural.

The news agency reported that the deputy project leader, senior research scientist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Warrick Dougherty, says nutrient budgeting results in both economic and environmental benefits on the farm.

"The beauty of nutrient budgeting is, in the approaches we're taking, it actually gives us some really accurate estimates of nutrient deposition on the paddocks," he told ABCRural.

"At the moment, we intuitively think that we end up with manure and urine contributing to nutrient loads on paddocks."

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