The Pastures and Livestock Productivity Project
The Pastures and Livestock Productivity Project is seeking to improve pasture quality and quantity as a basis for increasing livestock production in Tasmania.
Red meat is a significant contributor to the State economy accounting for about 20 per cent of the gross value of agricultural production.
The Project has developed an understanding of producers knowledge of pastures through Social Research and is using this to develop and deliver an extension program to help producers to understand and adopt pasture management technologies.
Increasing on farm production of meat cattle and sheep can contribute to the post farm gate processing sector.
Outputs for the project include:
- Social Research Report by RMCG Consulting Group Pty Ltd (December 2018)
- Five additional perennial pastures and three perennial legumes as part of the suite of Enterprise Suitability Mapping Tools on LISTMAP are currently being developed.
- Guide for Tasmanian Pastures and Field Crops is being updated by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and will also incorporate these additional crop rules and maps.
- The Pasture Pathways Small Project Fund for extension activities that address barriers identified in the Social Research Report (now open for submissions, see below).
This Pastures and Livestock Productivity Project commenced mid-April 2018 with a report due to Government by December 2021.
$648,000 over three years has been allocated to the Project. Funding has been allocated from the State Government’s Sustainable Agri-Food Plan 2019-23
, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.
Pasture Pathways Small Project Fund
In 2020-2021 the Tasmanian Government is making $340,000 available for extension projects to help farmers develop good pasture management.
The following projects have been approved under the Small Project Fund.
|King Island NRM Group||Combination of Pasture ID field days, a short course and farmer peer-to-peer discussion on King Island.|
|Regenerative Agriculture Network of Tasmania||Focus on unmodified native grasslands in ‘run country’ and regeneration of both introduced and native diverse perennial pasture. Trials, discussion groups, webinars will be undertaken.|
|Tamar NRM||Build on MLA Pasture Improvement Project and share learnings to 200 producer database and new cohort of red meat producers in Tamar Valley with peer-to-peer approach.|
|Macquarie Franklin and JBS||Project to improve out of season livestock production system and targets producers involved in finishing backgrounding and agistment enterprises during autumn and winter. Incorporates face to face workshops and whole business beef enterprise economic tool and two case studies.|
|Macquarie Franklin and Greenhams||Targets producers in high rainfall areas with training in use of feed budget tools. Co-learning with Greenhams in face to face on-farm workshops. Two case studies to be developed|
|Derwent Catchment Project||Project based in low rainfall pasture production area of Bothwell, Ouse, Hamilton and Granton. Will develop pasture condition scoring tool and management support resources for farmers to critically assess pasture resource and plan more effectively. Dryland grazing course will be integrated|
|Farmers for Climate Action||Farmers for Climate ActionIncrease knowledge of climate-smart agricultural strategies with the use of perennial pastures. Additional information will be incorporated with on-farm emissions abatement. Will explore the use of pasture improvement to build soil carbon.|
Social Research Report