As you likely know, each year Lion Dairy & Drinks (Lion) partners with Landcare to provide eligible farmers with the opportunity to secure financial grants to assist in the implementation of sustainability projects.
The 2017 Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants program has seen impressive results across the board, with recipients observing sustainability improvements and cost savings through the increased use of solar power, installation of energy saving equipment, recycling of waste water and revegetation projects.
Last year Lion, in partnership with Landcare Australia, awarded close to $100,000 across ten Australian dairy farms across the nation to assist in developing their sustainable business practices.
The program further demonstrates Lion’s commitment to make a tangible difference to the sustainability of farm businesses in Australia – helping to implement sustainable initiatives that increase profitability for the long term.
The Lion suppliers who were awarded the grants have already noticed impressive sustainability results, with key highlights of the 2017 program including:
• 8% average energy savings since the implementation of the projects
• 544 energy-efficient devices installed
• 3 ha revegetated
• 500 plants planted
• 90% plant survival
• 4 ha weeding
• 5 ha fencing
• 5 km fencing
• 5 ha habitat protected
Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Agriculture Procurement Director Murray Jeffrey is excited to see the on-farm results the 2017 program has delivered.
“We are really proud to be partnering with Landcare to offer our farmers the tools and resources to address some of the ongoing environmental challenges in the dairy industry. The Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants Program attracted some fantastic entries last year and a number of successful projects were funded.”
With applications for the 2018 grants program opening soon we encourage all of our farmer suppliers to consider applying for a grant, we look forward to helping another group of farmers improve the sustainability of their businesses.”
To apply or find out more information, please visit http://dairysuppliers.lionco.com.Test