Farming practices centred on lower emissions and higher productivity was the focus of a pilot project held on Doolan's farm in Ecklin South.
The field day included a suite of activities dairy farmers and other primary producers can undertake to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and better prepare for climate change.
The activities included re-vegetation, carbon-sequestering soil amelioration trials and energy reduction strategies and a biodigester.
Project leader Geoff Rollinson, who is the land care coordinator at the Heytesbury District and Landcare Network said the day aimed to create an understanding of the impact of climate change on regional dairy farmers.
Alternatives such as hot and cold thermal energy storage was discussed, as well as making use of solar panels, he said.
"The afternoon session included an in-field activity visiting trial plots set up to look at the potential advantages of applying a combination of biochar and compost to activate soil biology, with the plots incorporated into the enterprise's normal grazing regime and stock rotation," Mr Rollinson said.
"An earlier discussion examined new mobile technology that could process dead cypress timber to produce energy as well as high quality biochar, which could potentially reduce the costs of introducing biochar into farm management system.
"Associated factors such as soil carbon content, the benefit of dung beetles and adding biochar into feed and soil fertility systems were also covered."
AgVet Project's Gabriel Hakim's message focused on energy monitoring, management and the benefits of making informed changes.
"There needs to be an integrated approach to improving energy systems that looks at reducing energy use and improving energy efficiency first before purchasing new equipment," he said.
"Without this there is a danger of farmers responding to a sales pitch made by equipment providers and purchasing unnecessary or oversized plant."
Based on Heytesbury District Landcare Networks Keeping Carbon on the Farm project, the field day included tours to the large volume water storage dams and an on overview of Doolan's herd and associated production statistics.
The event was run in conjunction with WestVic Dairy as part of the Port Campbell Discussion Group field days series.
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