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 seeks to develop an understanding of producers’ knowledge of pastures and 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.
The Project complements the Crop and Pasture Seed Industry Plan and the industry-led Red Meat Plan which both recognise the importance of pastures in red meat production.
The Project consists of three phases:
- social research
- development of an extension model
- delivery of the extension model over at least the three following years
$690,000 over three years will be allocated to the Project.
Funding has been allocated from the State Government’s Cultivating Prosperity Fund, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.
Phase 1: social research component
The contract to undertake the social research for the first phase of this project has been awarded to RM Consulting Group Pty Ltd.
This project will commence mid April 2018 with a report due to Government by 30 September 2018.