Dramatic impact of climate change on dairying can be managed, research finds

Dramatic impact of climate change on dairying can be managed, research finds

PICCC’s Dairy Businesses for Future Climates research project, led by UM, DEDJTR, Dairy Australia and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), has found that decisions about changing farm management systems are likely to affect profitability more than climate change will.

Researchers compared the outcomes of three hypothetical farming systems – Intensive, Simplified and Adapted – on case study farms in Gippsland, South Australia and Tasmania out to 2040. The results showed that although climate change had significant impacts, including shorter growing seasons and reduced pasture production, the choice of what system to use could affect profitability a lot more.

Read more about the research or listen to an interview with TIA researcher Matt Harrison.