Design multi-land use models for 4- 5 representative farms in the catchment that allows for a sustainable profitable livestock farming/forestry mix which, where possible, delivers a carbon neutral position within 20 years for each of the farms.
Introduce carbon farming concepts and impart project learnings to those in the catchment so that all land classes in the catchment have a range of options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Start to understand where the catchment is at for GHG reduction and sequestration through the creation of a high-level catchment overview around GHG for the catchment.
The Greater Dipton Catchment is a mixed landscape already containing native forest areas, exotic plantations, wind farms along with agriculture and forestry that are key land uses within the catchment.
The catchment wants to retain a vibrant livestock production system but realises that pressures for carbon neutrality will continue to challenge the current farming business models. The Group seeks to control their own destiny by fully understanding farm specific and catchment wide options for carbon neutrality and where possible enhance biodiversity.
This project will take detailed landscape information and in conjunction with farm consultants 4 to 5 farms will be modelled to verify existing greenhouse gas emissions, assess and develop viable options for each farm to reduce greenhouse gases and increase sequestration using relevant software. There will also be a high-level overview of greenhouse gases for the catchment. Field days will be held throughout the project to share the journey and learnings.