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2017 Tasmanian dairy conference and awards dinner

Farm based feed budgeting sessions

‘Managing the challenges of change’

28–29 March 2017
Launceston Country Club Casino

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The program featured:

  • Dairy farmer panels from Tasmania and NZ looking at farm management challenges
  • Dairy investors forum with David Williams, Nigel Pannett, Sean Shwe and John Hewitt
  • Ron Pellow and the Lincoln Demo Farm report card
  • Steve Spencer from Fresh Agenda on dairy markets and pricing models
  • Organic dairying and its future in Tasmania; farmers and processors
  • Farm innovations from Dairy Bio, Data Gene and TIA

Award nominations

Nominations are now open for Dairy Safety Award, Dairy Environmental Award and the Young Farmer Encouragement Award – closing date 6 March 2017 – winners announced at the Dairy Conference Awards Dinner 29 March 2017 at the Launceston Country Club Casino.


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.


Tasmania’s LEGENDAIRY Capital – Smithton

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