Navigating the ever-changing COVID-19 workplace policies and conducting business risk assessments will be covered in an upcoming farm safety webinar.
Hosted by Subtropical Dairy, the webinar follows a series including training on chemicals, water and effluent safety, working at heights and in confined spaces, tractor, quad and motorcycle safety .
The webinars draw on Dairy Australia’s Farm Safety Handbook, providing practical advice, discussions with dairy farmers and compliance advice.
Joanna Srhoj, Regional Extension Officer for Subtropical Dairy Far North Queensland, hosts the webinars and said farmers use the forums to ask questions about their ongoing projects and issues.
“One of the Far North Queensland farmers was building an on-farm chemical storage area and was able to show webinar attendees the progress and received constructive feedback on other factors to consider” , she said.
“Entrants regularly submit photos of their own farms for feedback and group feedback.
“Everyone was actively involved in the process and Di Gresham – a Dairy Australia – People in Dairy consultant who facilitates the webinars – was able to point out some practical things that could be changed to improve safety.”
Through these webinars, Kenilworth, Qld, dairy farmers Sara and Markus Bucher have built a bank of 20 standard operating procedures, which are specific to their 400-cow Obi Obi Dairy farm.
They hope that these will soon be fully operational.
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Ms Bucher said working with Dairy Australia’s Farm Safety Handbook has streamlined Obi Obi Dairy’s safety procedures and allowed them to broaden their farm safety research with industry-specific information.
“Farm safety is such a huge job it can almost be overwhelming,” she said.
“The workshops offered a sensible, structured, step-by-step approach.
“It covered 14 main on-farm risk areas, which are well described on the People in Dairy website.
“My previous research revealed these risk areas, but after taking the Subtropical Dairy workshops, I no longer had to adapt them to dairy farming.
“For example, I was no longer taking a construction document and adapting it to dairy products.
“From the start of the workshops, we had a dairy farming document to work on that I could adapt to my farm and my team.
“It accelerated the improvement of our security system.”
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Subtropical Dairy is one of eight regional teams established by Dairy Australia to drive innovation, research, extension and promotion in northern New South Wales and Queensland.
It delivered $1 million worth of projects to improve the profitability and sustainability of dairy farms in 2020-2021.
Subtropical Dairy receives most of its funding from Dairy Australia and the Dairy Services Levy.
For information on upcoming webinars, contact Subtropical Dairy at [email protected]
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