In recent months, dairy farmers in the Sunshine Coast have been urged to adopt more sustainable practices to avoid contaminating the environment.

A report by the South Australian Department of Primary Industries, Dairy Farmers and Landowners found that dairy farmers were “at risk of contaminating soils and groundwater with a number of potentially harmful microorganisms” and were not required to test their dairy products for microbe levels, but the state’s dairy farmers and processors were encouraged to adopt “better practices” to minimise the risk.

It recommended that all dairy products from a producer must be tested for microorganisms before being sold.

A statement from the department said “the Department of Dairy, Agri-Food and Forestry has been informed of the findings of the State’s Health and Environment Monitoring Report, which is the best available evidence on dairy farming practices.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Land is currently assessing the findings.”

Dairy farmers and retailers will be required to produce a dairy-free certification from the Department of Agricultural Resources and Forestry.

Dairy producers must also register with the department and submit a statement that they have implemented a “good practice” or “sustainable farming” and have “implemented a range of good practices in the past year”.

The report also recommended that the department review existing protocols on microbe testing and identify “new, effective measures that will help to minimised the potential of contamination in dairy farms”.

The State Government has also been asked to create a department to oversee dairy farms and processors.

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