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It has not taken long and we have found ourselves already well into 2018! We will be bringing you plenty of training opportunities to help you and your business throughout the year. During February and March there are a few things for you to be aware of:

Workforce on our Dairy Farms Discussion Groups with Penny Williams will be run across the state in various locations. We encourage you to get along to these to learn about retaining staff, changes to the pastoral award, trainees and apprentices and drug and alcohol policies. Information on these discussion groups is available now.

Nutrition Fundamentals Workshop will be piloted in Deloraine at the end of the month. This new course will be two days of learning about the basics of dairy cow nutrition and what you can do to help improve the nutritional intake of your herd. Details of the course are available now.

Entries are now open for the various dairy industry awards that form part of the Tasmanian Dairy Awards dinner after the dairy conference in March. Awards available this year are the Cadbury Young Farmer encouragement award, Moon Lake Investments Farm Safety award, Veolia Dairy Farm Environmental award, WFI Employer of Choice award. A cash prize and plaque are on offer for each award. Entry forms for each of these awards are available on this page and awards page.

Speaking of the Conference, this year’s conference will be one not to miss. Being held on March 15 at the Country Club Casino in Launceston it will be covering the theme of “Doing more with less”. Why not make a mini-break of the conference and join the pre-conference tour on March 14 and then stay after the conference and enjoy the Awards dinner on the evening of the conference. Information on the conference and how to register are available on this page and conference page.

Another date holder for March is the first Focus Farm Open Day for 2018. Theme for the day is “BYO Team”. Bring along your farm team to hear about what David and Jane do to manage their team. Farms that bring along their team will go into the draw to win a prize pack. Details are available here and on the focus farm page.

With things continuing to be dry, now might be the time to have a Taking Stock visit for your farm. The free, confidential half-day farm visit by an experienced consultant will allow you to discuss the challenges that your business faces and develop a plan for managing them. If you are interested in completing a taking stock visit please contact the DairyTas office.

All the best to you in 2018 and we look forward to seeing you at many of the events coming up this year.


Ringarooma crowned 2017 LEGENDAIRY Capital of Australia

In early February 2017, the search commenced to find and recognise Australia’s LEGENDAIRY towns. Stories have been shared from Beaudesert to Berry, Cowaramup to King Island, and everywhere in between.

Nine months later, the search is over. Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital for 2017 is Ringarooma, from the heart of Tasmania’s north-east.

Home to just 232 people, the town is the second national LEGENDAIRY Capital to be announced as part of Dairy Australia’s search for the nation’s most inspiring and connected dairy towns.

Dairy Australia’s Managing Director, Ian Halliday said, the nominations received highlighted the enormous pride regional communities felt for their town and local dairy industry.

“It’s important we continue to recognise hard working dairy farmers and their families and the contribution they make to their vibrant communities, the dairy industry and Australia’s economy, Mr Halliday said.

“It is clear from Ringarooma’s nomination that they’re an inclusive community that’s passionate about dairy farming and committed to sharing dairy’s story with the next generations.”

Known as the heart of family farming in the Dorset municipality, Ringarooma has a strong dairy farming history dating back to the 1860s when the land was first opened up to farming. After a property was subdivided into lots in 1882, the community was born. Prior to being renamed Ringarooma in 1888, the town was initially known as Krushka Town, named after the original landowner.

As the LEGENDAIRY Capital of Tasmania, Ringarooma received a $2,500 community grant to renew recreational areas of the Ringarooma primary school, as well as extending the school’s vegetable garden and maintaining the town’s defibrillator. The town will now receive an additional $7,500 to help restore the primary school’s historical dairy to connect students with the local dairy industry.

A community event will be held in Ringarooma in the near future to celebrate the national title, the community and the people behind the nomination.

Congratulations again to all of the LEGENDAIRY Regional Capitals for 2017: Poowong (Gippsland), Cohuna (Murray Region), Hannam Vale (New South Wales), Mount Schank (South Australia), Beaudesert (Subtropical Region), Ringarooma (Tasmania), Cowaramup (Western Australia) and Simpson (Western Victoria).

Read information on Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital program.


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
  • Richard Rawnsley (TIA)
  • Simon Elphinstone (Chairman)
  • Duncan Macdonald (Deputy Chair)
  • Andrew Aldridge (TFGA)
  • Wolfie Wagner
  • Josh Taylor
  • Angelique Korpershoek
  • David Risbey-Pearn

Employees

  • Jonathan Price (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).

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