Cream of research on show
THIS year marks 35 years of dairy research at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture’s facility at Elliott in the NorthWest.
Since 1982 the Dairy Research Facility, as it is now known, has been home to leading research into ways to boost the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Tasmania’s dairy industry.
The TIA took over the facility from the Department of Primary Industries and Water in 2007, merging the resources and creating new opportunities for research, development and extension.
The facility began on 60ha with an eight-a-side swingover herringbone dairy, which has since been converted to a 20unit swingover herringbone with stall gates; it is currently a fully operational 360-head dairy-farming operation.
Over time there have been big advances in technology, enabling new and innovative research. This includes the emergence of drones, which can provide greater precision and accuracy in farmers’ decision-making.
TIA is a leader in the application of new technology and is conducting projects assessing the on-farm application of virtual fencing technology; using drones to improve pasture management; individualised feeding; and sensors to monitor cows’ health, grazing and productivity.
The facility is also the site of structured experiments based on a key industry issues, including feed production, animal performance, analysis of farming systems, grazing management and irrigation.
Dairy farmers, service providers and the local community are invited to celebrate at an open day at the Dairy Research Facility on December 7.
This is a great opportunity to meet TIA researchers, have a look at current research trials and learn more about the projects being conducted.
Everyone who has been involved at the facility and interested community members are invited to the event.
TIA’s dairy team will updates on current provide projects including accelerated calf rearing, calf rearing systems for dairy beef, Dairy on PAR, Smarter Irrigation and drones for pasture management.
John Mulvany from OMJ Consulting will share tactics to effectively manage for tight times on the farm.
The day is a great networking opportunity and a chance to catch up with others in the industry while enjoying a free lunch.
The day is at 124 Nunns Rd, Elliott, from 10.30am to 4pm.
For catering purposes, RSVP by December 5 to Lesley Irvine on 0428 880 287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.