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DairyTas Update July 2017

DairyTas Contractor Roles

DairyTas Board has confirmed that it will retain Penny Williams in the Workforce Education and HR support role and Rachel Brown as NRM program coordination roles in the 2017/18 year. The work performed by both as contractors to DairyTas has been excellent in driving farmer engagement and learnings for each area. Both of these part time roles are funded by Dairy Australia contracts.

MaryAnn Hortle continues in her role with careers coordination across the schools and with the Agfest Dairy Pavilion.

Dairy Conversion Field Day at Clear Springs, Meander on July 18th 2017

This is a chance to hear from the farm owners, management and conversion manager on the process of undertaking a dairy conversion and the current operation of the farm.

Situation and Outlook and National Dairy Farmer Survey

On June 29th DairyTas hosted John Droppert from DA to provide a presentation on the latest market situation and farmer survey results. A copy of the full report is on the Dairy Australia website. Some of the main Tasmanian results from the early 2017 farmer survey were:

  • Positive sentiment drops from 84% to 68% but is still highest in the country
  • 44% of farmers expect a profit in 16/17
  • Main immediate challenges are around milk price, climate, input costs and labour
  • 33% of farmers expect a production rise in 17/18 and 69% in 3 years
  • 20% are looking to expand their enterprise in the future
  • 61% have a written budget
  • 84% see opportunities for the future in the industry

Scholarship for Associate Degree in Agribusiness in 2018

DairyTas has confirmed that it will be supporting a new scholarship for a dairy industry person to study the new Ass Degree in Agribusiness next year. Details will be released soon with Utas. We are also looking at the opportunity to establish a new trust fund for future and ongoing scholarships with Utas. The fund will seek tax free donations from industry, farmers and anyone interested to support tertiary study for people looking at a career in dairy.

New Clean Rivers program in Circular Head

A new program to provide incentive funds ($5,000) for dairy and beef farmers in Circular Head to fence cows out of waterways is expected to be signed off with Cradle Coast NRM soon and will start in 2017 for the next 12 months. Applications will be invited from farmers in the region soon.

2017/18 Annual Operating Plan

DairyTas has just completed its Annual Operating Plan and project funds will be allocated into a number of program areas including:

  • Cows Create Careers/Camembert in the Classroom
  • FertSmart
  • Clean Rivers
  • Financial Literacy/Mentoring
  • Legendairy events support
  • Animal Health days
  • Farmer Advisory Groups
  • Water Metering for dairy sheds with VDL Farms

Other programs with Dairy Australia including Discussion Groups, Focus Farm, Business Management, Farm Safety, ESKi, Stepping Stones, Taking Stock, Young Dairy Network, and Nutrition will also be supported through our extension team and contractors.

Congratulations to Ringarooma the new Tasmanian Legendairy Capital

 


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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