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Aussie Pumps Australian Pump Industries 02 8865 3500 aussiepumps.com.au Distributor enquiries welcome John Deere Australia and New Zealand Golf and Sports Turf Account Manager, Tim Gammage, said the program was an important initiative to support more women joining Australia’s prosperous golf and sports turf management sector. “This was an amazing opportunity for these women to work at the highest level, preparing the turf for the best international female soccer players in the world.” Beyond line marking, repairing divots and setting up the goals, the Women in Turf program extended to producing the grass for the matches. Ms Chandler was part of the team at HG Turf involved in preparing the turf at a farm in rural Victoria and harvesting it before it was transported and planted in Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. “We used a hybrid turf made up of natural and synthetic grass, which gives a more consistently smooth surface to play on,” Ms. Chandler said With her full-time role being in parks and gardens, the Women in Turf event was Codi Long’s first exposure to sports turf management. “It was very different to my day-to-day, but a great learning experience to see everything that goes into preparing a world-class sporting field,” she said. “There’s no reason you can’t work in turf as a female,” Ms Chandler said. “It’s a very rewarding career with lots of variety. If you enjoy being outdoors in the sunshine and doing something more physical, just give it a go!” KANGAROOS COULD BE THE KEY TO REDUCING EMISSIONS With the competing demands on the red meat sector of cutting methane emissions while providing protein to a growing global population, Australian Wildlife Services has proposed a grazing system that integrates native populations of kangaroos to create low-emission meat. Founder, veterinarian and ecologist, George Wilson, an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, said “kilogram-for-kilogram the kangaroo emits significantly less methane than sheep or cattle.” “Enteric emissions from cattle and sheep that are over a year old generate 6.3 per cent of all of Australia’s emissions,” Professor Wilson said. As the Australian red meat sector deals with the dilemma of how to increase production as global demand rises while also working to meet its pledge of being carbon neutral by 2030, AWS reports that in 2020, 4.5 million kangaroos that were part of national quota for harvest were wasted. “That number of kangaroos would produce the same amount of meat as 400,000 cattle,” Prof Wilson said. “You would not have to increase the national cattle herd and you’d save the amount of carbon equivalents which is nearly two per cent of total beef emissions,” Prof Wilson said. Prof Wilson said kangaroos could be incorporated into sheep and cattle grazing systems across Australia’s rangelands, areas typically unsuitable for cropping, with graziers given entitlements by state governments to take a specified number of the wild population. AWS colleague Dr Melanie Edwards who did much of the research and modelling, found removing livestock greater than one year old from regions with already heavy kangaroo populations such as in New South Wales (Bourke-Brewarrina, Cobar, and Far West) and Queensland (Far Southwest) could abate about 785,000 tonnes of CO2e, or about 2.4 per cent of total enteric methane emissions of livestock. NEWS JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2024 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | 7