Tasmania’s water and soil resources give us our competitive edge in global dairying.
Tasmanian agriculture is in a globally unique situation where we are expanding our irrigated area. See http://www.tasmanianirrigation.com.au/ Using our water resources sustainability and protecting water quality is critical for the ongoing success of the dairy industry in Tasmania.
The Clean Rivers message is simple – every dairy farmer should be happy to fish, swim and drink the water downstream from their farm.
- Irrigation, water use & climate in Tas
- Irrigation and pasture production in Tas
- Research on irrigation responses
- Best management practices for water use and irrigation in Tasmanian dairying industry
- Irrigation information resources – compiled course notes for Intelligent Irrigation Course (2009), funded by NRM North.
Farmer case studies
- Keeping it Simple – Grant & Melanie Rogers
- Put money and resources into water and pasture systems – Paul Bennett & Family
- Healthy productive soils are a key driver of dairy farm profitability in Tasmania’s pasture based systems.
- The dairy industry is continuing to invest in soil & nutrient projects, both in research & extension.
- Dairy farmers are becoming more strategic in their use of fertilisers and effluent.
- Effluent is a key part of soil management on dairy farms.
- Regular soil testing and an understanding of nutrient budgeting are important to maintaining soil health.
- The term ‘soil health’ means different things to different people.
- There are many gaps in our knowledge around soils and soil biology.
Good websites for information on soils and soil health
- Soil Quality
- Soil Health
- Good review of scientific literature on soil C sequestration – Soil carbon sequestration under pasture in Southern Australia
- Revegetation projects - plant lists and indicative prices from Habitat Plants Nursery.
- Federal Government Biodiversity and listings under EPBC Act
- State Government Biodiversity and conservation planning resources