Panel – Global Sustainability Impacts – Australia, South Africa, And United States

Ashley congratulations and all that work it’s fantastic well the questions I’ve got is at the producer end around water and I know this is probably true of other metrics you didn’t talk about the metric that farmers are being asked to dimension that is the water management or land management plans is industry on top of that aiming to measure.

The use in the quality either using industry-wide data or locally available water quality data to to add some of the the data that’s actually been used to compare industry good question so I think there’s a couple parts we could probably talk about so grazing management plans are going to be.

Very different depending on what part of the country you’re in and we have a lot of local resources and so one of the things we’re going to try to do is point point producers to their local resources to try to make it as locally relevant as possible and in a lot of cases that does incorporate you know we have some usgs you know a lot of data and maps that tell us a lot of.

Things about water quality wetlands where they are and a lot of those sorts of things and so a lot of our technical assistance our Extension agents utilize some of those as well so so yes in as much as as much as we can and then I thought where you were going.
At the beginning of that was kind of adoption rates and how to.

How to kind of track those and and whether we have them or not and that’s actually a really challenging one for us and we are going to do our best to to get to get more information out there more surveys we’re gonna have to rely on on that a lot.

But we do do a lot of surveys so we do have some data but we’ll have to do a lot more work on monitoring that because we.

Probably don’t todate have a great feel for how many we have how many producers actually out of our.

Seven hundred and twenty seven thousand cow-calf producers actually have grazing management plans yeah I really enjoyed your all three presentations thank you very much for that and it shows certain proudness to.

Also let’s be from Australia Africa or us but essentially we are all talking about the same topics basically do you have the ID as three groups not all being around tales of Tears be that you make use of each other’s learnings and experiences.

To in the most efficient way and to move forward because that’s also I think one of the intentions of the GSB so what’s your opinion about it so definitely from a mist rallyin perspective I mean we’re not a roundtable but that’s obviously why we’re here is to really learn from the way the rest of the world is approaching these issues and I mean as actually said.

It’s amazing to see how much.

Similarity there is once we start narrowing down from you know whether it’s fifty three we’ve kind of got twenty three priority areas once you start getting it down to the most critical there’s so much alignment between the regions so to me that’s why we’re here is to learn from each other and hopefully improve on our processes yeah look um yeah look oh yes learn from everyone pips comment as we were flying in here was.

That she’s disappointed that she can’t be in that room listening to the other groups because we’ve just done two here’s with miss what they’ve done but I’ve.

Really enjoyed this thing to max and Christine because it’s been so different but what it’s put in my head is that you start from where you’ve got to start and and.

It’s the continuous improvement that is that is the key to sustainability so wherever you start at you’re going to go being the new kids on the block I think we’ve heard.
Quite a lot of useful information one of the things.

That is going to be very helpful is that we don’t have to create quite a lot of stuff there are things that have been started there things that are in development things that have been finalized the.

Only thing that we need to do is pick this up and adapt it to what we’re doing where we are what’s relevant to our region but it’s been very interesting and very informative and it’s been a very good learning phase thank you Thanks yep that just to reiterate what Christina said I think our job here is to learn I said it before we’re not going to reinvent the wheel we want to use the hard work you guys have done in the rest of the world and would.

Like to communicate with all the roundtables to make sure that we do it right oh I don’t know that I have anything new to add.

I think it’s a great experience to come to your recipe I know that just in North America you know between the u.

Differently but we have a very a lot of similarities and and we talked to each other.

Quite frequently when questions come up about well we haven’t started our our project spiller but you know what are you guys doing down there and vice-versa about you know how they’re doing claims and logos I have a question for actually well first of.

All Steve thanks for giving an overview of your journey there was one thing you mentioned that I would like to know a bit more about you mentioned that while you’re working with farmers which are national by definition but.
With industry with a more international leverage and that one of the.

Discussions that came up is how do you deal with imports I guess that’s also something that make in or around.

Tables for instance in Europe importing also from southern Africa how did you deal with that and how can you ensure that what you’re developing there can also be of interest in.

Round tables in other parts of America or how you spread what you are developing there.

Support sustainability developments in other countries yeah that’s and I think that’s maybe it ties in.

Well for the previous question and one of the things I think I’m thankful that we’re part of gr SP is that we can rely on the work that’s done in Brazil and other places in South America with that and we.

Can you know we can definitely reference you know a lot of that work and so again not not reinventing the wheel but you know ourselves.

Because again we’re not the experts in North America on that issue anyway but then we can also point them to another roundtable and hopefully that drives participation.

In in other roundtables around the world and again we’re all then going in we’re singing from the same sheet.

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