Inspiring news from @leapfarm , FCA farmers in Tasmania!
A wonderful example of how farmers can lead the way on climate action, well done Kate & Iain.
Leap Farm, home of Tongola Cheese, is carbon positive!!!
We sequester three times as much carbon in our soil than we emit!
Over the last year Leap Farm has emitted approximately 190 tonnes of carbon equivalents, while sequestering 610 tonnes of carbon equivalents.
We calculated the carbon footprint of our farm using GHG Accounting Framework calculators developed by the University of Melbourne.
Our sequestration analysis was done using soil tests results from 2016 and 2021. These values have been confirmed by farming systems specialist, Assoc. Prof. Matthew Harrison, at UTas to determine the carbon footprint of our farm.
So, although we have a relatively small amount of land (108ha), we are able to offset the emissions of 60 average Australian houses each year. And we are really proud of that.
To remove carbon from the atmosphere and reduce our emissions we have used a number of farm management strategies including incorporating a diverse pasture system, keeping 100 % pasture cover where possible, low inputs and medium stocking density, reducing the number of non-productive stock, for the goat herd turning-off and finishing our stock earlier and in better condition through a hybrid genetic program, fencing to protect tree stands and create shelterbelts, and using solar PV and solar hot water for dairying and cheesemaking.
We’re pretty sure that there are many other farms in Tasmania that could say the same – and we’d encourage you to get your data, and plug it into the calculator. It’s great to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
We’d encourage all farmers to consider working out their carbon footprint – start by talking to your agronomist or get your soils tested (again). We think there are some fantastic opportunities for us to come together to be able to benefit our state, our businesses, and bring this concept into mainstream practice. ...