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Adaptations (management changes) can help reduce impact – Southern Livestock Adaptation 2030

Adaptations (management changes) can help reduce impact

In the face of changing climates, farmers will adapt (i.e. make management changes)

The modelling undertaken both at research centres and in specific locations around Australia has the capacity to test how effective adaptations or changes to farm management practices may be in reducing the impacts of a changing climate,

SLA2030 has found

  • Adaptation can help reduce impacts.
  • Adaptation strategies vary between locations
  • There is a need to examine each adaptation at a local level – “on ground” input is needed
  • Even then, a combination of adaptations needed
  • Some adaptations that work best are existing best practice – so they are known already and can be equally beneficial now and in the future

Adaptations can helpThe following table gives an example of how adaptations can reduce the impacts of climate change. The figures listed here are an average across 4 GCM’s, 5 different enterprises and across 25 locations. For more information see Research Centre – CSIRO.

When considering what adaptations may work best in your area, view map of all locations.

The following gives an indication of how adaptations can have a positive benefit at a specific location. The following table is for a merino flock at Yass in NSW. If no changes are made, profit will reduce to 60% of what was the case in the base period. Different adaptations have differing impacts but genetic improvement can limit the reduction in profit to 86%.

The following table shows the impact of various adaptations on the profitability of a wool sheep enterprise in Yass

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