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Important Information for Tasmanian Dairy Farmers
Tactics for Tight Times Program

DairyTas is developing a number of activities to support farmers in this period of uncertainty with the milk price reductions across southern Australia. We understand the difficulty that the changes have placed many farmers in.

There will be a range of business related supports and social activities that we are implementing in collaboration with other industry players and organisations and local communities. DairyTas is also open to other suggestions where we might be able to help.

We encourage farmers to seek good advice and participate in local and other events for your industry and community in this challenging time.

Farm based feed budgeting sessions

Farm based feed budgeting sessions July 2016 – June 2017

Half day farm session with a consultant/advisor who will review your feed situation and discuss options that are available to you. Download flyer. (You may also wish to undertake a review of your feed budget during the 16/17 season – please contact us to discuss.)

Tactics for Tight Times fact sheet 1 – May 2016 – Taking Stock of your situation

Taking stock farm business review

½ day farm session with a consultant/advisor who will assist you to review your farms financial situation and performance and discuss with you options that are available for the coming season and months ahead. Contact DairyTas now to register your interest in Taking Stock and Feed Budgeting. Download flyer. (You may also wish to undertake a review of your feed budget during the 16/17 season – please contact us to discuss.)

Discussion group funding

Dairy Australia recognises that dairy discussion groups are vital to the health of our industry. Therefore funding is now available for both existing and new groups.

Up to $3,000 per group per year is available to assist with the costs of:

  • forming a new group
  • employing a facilitator
  • attending a group tour
  • engaging a guest speaker
  • taking part in a group training course

If you have a great idea for a group or are involved with a group that could use the funding to enhance the groups learning then please complete the application form.

Each group application will be assessed based on the contribution to the industry and to the learning of the members involved. Download application form.

Small group local area meetings – Grant

An opportunity to get together with a small number of farmers within your local area/community to discuss issues that are relevant to all present and sign post to support activities. Complete the application form if you are a farmer interested in accessing up to $1000 to host one of these meetings.

Regional discussion groups

Topical, regionally based seasonal discussion groups managed by TIA Dairy Centre will commence shortly.

Pasture workshops and coaching groups

Commencing in late June these farmer groups will focus members on their cheapest feed source, pasture. Groups will be organised by TIA.

Funding is also available through DairyTas to commence or support local discussion groups.

Dairy Australia resources

Dairy Australia has a number of tips and resources for managing under tight times on their website.

Case studies

Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times case studies showcase practical tactics implemented by dairy farmers across the country. Read more

For further support contact:

Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times with Phil Shannon

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Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times with Neil Webster

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Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times with Chris Hibburt

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Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times with Neil Lane

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Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times with John Mulvany

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Tactics for Tight Times and Taking Stock

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Professor Richard Eckard – Timing of nitrogen application

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Introduction to DairyTas

North west farmer with Frampton herd

DairyTas is the Tasmanian service delivery arm of Dairy Australia, investing farmer levies and other funds to support the Tasmanian Dairy Industry.

DairyTas’ main aim is to identify, prioritise, promote, facilitate and leverage opportunities for research, development and extension activities in the Tasmanian dairy industry which will assist dairy farmers to manage change.

Further to this the DairyTas Board seeks to encourage the development of a sustainable, vigorous and dynamic dairy industry in Tasmania that offers economic and social rewards to dairy farmers and those in the wider community.

The Board’s roles are to:

  • encourage ideas and adopt a rigorous process for identifying and prioritising the needs of grass roots farmers
  • identify underlying problems which such needs reflect
  • resource projects, co-ordinate funding and commission projects to address these needs
  • monitor and evaluate project performance to ensure there are genuine outcomes
  • act as a broker for innovative projects
  • attract funding to leverage the pool of available resources
  • provide local input to national forums
  • provide feedback to farmers, industry service providers, Dairy Australia and other stakeholders

Far north west family, pasture, irrigator

DairyTas adopts a wider role in the Tasmanian dairy industry to add value to its programs by co-operating with other stakeholders such as the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) Dairy Centre, NRM Regional Organisations, State Government, industry consultants and agribusiness and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Dairy Council (TFGA).

The Board’s main roles relate to research, development, extension plus industry development and skills development.

DairyTas Board members are:

  • Symon Jones
  • Cherrylyn Ker
  • Greg Bott (Roberts)
  • Richard Rawnsley (TIA)
  • Simon Elphinstone (Chairman)
  • Simon Bennett (Deputy Chairman)
  • Duncan Macdonald
  • Andrew Aldridge (TFGA)
  • Wolfie Wagner

Employees

  • Mark Smith (Regional Manager, Executive Officer and Public Officer)
  • Jacki Hine (Extension Officer)
  • Liz Mann (Extension Officer – Tues, Wed, Thurs only)
  • Linda Hansen (Administration, part time)

Contractors

  • MaryAnn Hortle (Careers, Schools, Education and Agfest – Tuesdays only)
  • Rachel Brown (Land, Water & Carbon)
  • Penny Williams (HR Support)

History

DairyTas Board was established by the local dairy industry and the Dairy Research and Development Corporation (DRDC) in 1996. (The DRDC was amalgamated with the ADC in July 2003 to form Dairy Australia.)

The Board is one of eight regional development programs for the dairy industry around Australia. It is responsible for setting, implementing and reviewing research, demonstration and extension priorities within the Tasmanian dairy industry.

Dairy Australia currently funds the Board's operating costs and some of its projects.


Aim and Roles

The Board's prime aim is to facilitate the development of a sustainable, vigorous and dynamic dairy industry in Tasmania that offers economic and social rewards to dairy farmers and those in the wider community.

The Board's roles are to:

  • encourage ideas and adopt a rigorous process for identifying and prioritising the needs of grass roots farmers
  • identify underlying problems which such needs reflect
  • resource projects, co-ordinate funding and commission projects to address these needs
  • monitor and evaluate project performance to ensure there are genuine outcomes
  • act as a broker for innovative projects
  • attract funding to leverage the pool of available resources
  • provide local input to national forums
  • provide feedback to farmers, industry service providers, Dairy Australia and other stakeholders

DairyTas adopts a wider role in the Tasmanian dairy industry to add value to its programs by co-operating with other stakeholders such as the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) Dairy Centre, Milk Companies, Agribusiness Companies, NRM Regional Organisations and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Dairy Council (TFGA).


Small Project Grants

DairyTas Board provides funds for small project grants each year. Grant can be applied for up to $10,000 for projects and activities that support the industries strategic priorities and that will provide an industry benefit in Tasmania or help solve a local problem. Guidelines and application forms are provided here.


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