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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 – ½ day farm session with a consultant/advisor who will review your feed situation and discuss options that are available to you.

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.

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS MANAGING THE SEASON INFORMATION DAY ON TUESDAY 24TH MAY at Cody and Denieka Korpershoek’s Poilina Road Edith Creek - Guest speaker Jason Lynch from Macquarie Franklin will be discussing feed options for managing through the winter and starting next season well. Taking Stock information and access to other support will also be covered.

CENTRAL NORTH SEASONAL MANAGEMENT FIELD DAY – ROAD TRIP THURSDAY 2ND JUNE at the Focus Farm Limberlost Dairy Kayena – Dealing with the unexpected circumstance. All farms face the unexpected, what might you do to make the most of the circumstance that you find yourself in. Again covering Taking Stock and other support.

SMALL GROUP LOCAL AREA MEETINGS – 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. Contact DairyTas if you are interested.

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.

For further support contact:

Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times with John Mulvany

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Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times with Neil Lane

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Introduction to DairyTas

Hortle's cows

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

Dairy products

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 Agricultural Research (TIAR) Dairy Centre, NRM Regional Organsiations, 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 (Chair)
  • Grant Rogers (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cherrylyn Ker
  • Greg Bott (Roberts)
  • Richard Rawnsley (TIA)
  • Simon Elphinstone
  • Simon Bennett
  • Duncan Macdonald
  • Andrew Aldridge

Employees

  • Mark Smith (Executive Officer and Public Officer)
  • Steven Jarman (Into Dairy Project Officer)
  • Jacki Langton (Admin & Extension Co-ordinator)
  • Liz Mann (Extension Co-ordinator – Tues, Wed, Thurs only)

Contractors

  • MaryAnn Hortle (Careers, Schools, Education/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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