Dairy Centre

Project Description Chief Investigator Funding Body End Date
More Milk From Forage This project will investigate the use of perennial forbs and legumes within the dairy feedbase at a paddock and whole of farm scale. It is hypothesised that Higher levels of milk production per cow without compromising milk production per hectare within pasture based farming systems can be achieved by the incorporation of perennial forbs and legume species within the feedbase. Consequently this will improve farm profitability and minimising business risk whilst improving the environmental footprint of the farming system with respect to nitrogen use efficiency and GHG emission intensity of milk production. Keith Pembleton Dairy Australia 30/6/2015
Lowering nitrous oxide emissions in intensively grazed pasture systems (Smart-N) The project is funded through round one (2011-12) of the Carbon Farming Futures - Action on the Ground program, administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The project aims to trial and demonstrate on farm practices / technologies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Smart-N technology is an optical sensor technology that makes possible the measurement, in real time, of a pasture’s nitrogen levels. The technology then adjusts the application of fluid nitrogen to pasture to avoid nitrogen rich urine and dung patches. James Hills Department of Agriculture 30/6/2015
Whole farm systems analysis of greenhouse gas abatement options for the southern Australian grazing industries (WFSAM) WFSAM is a partnership project between the University of Tasmania, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. It is funded by the Australian Department of Agriculture (DoA), Dairy Australia (DA), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). This project conducts whole farm systems analysis of a range of nitrogen, carbon and energy efficiency and greenhouse gas abatement strategies for the dairy, sheep and beef industries. Strategies are drawn from reviews and current research, as directed by an Investor Steering Group. Each strategy is analysed in a whole farm systems context, including methane, nitrous oxide, soil carbon and productivity, plus the interactions between these. Richard Rawnsley Department of Agriculture, Dairy Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia & Australian Wool Innovation 30/6/2015
Dairy Businesses for Future Climates The project examines:

•Trade-offs between profitability, risk, social impacts, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with realistic farm development options across farming systems.

•Potential impacts of climate variability and extreme events on economic, biophysical and social aspects of farm development options.

•Farm management options that provide the most effective adaptation and mitigation outcomes

•Skills and industry support systems required to build industry capacity to respond, considering the reduced decision making capacity that accompanies increased uncertainty

Matthew Harrison Department of Agriculture & Dairy Australia 30/6/2016
Sense-T Pasture optimisation and decision support tools for the dairy and beef industries (Sense-t) Sense-T is a partnership program between the University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government, CSIRO and IBM. It is also funded by the Australian Government through the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement. Sense-T is building the world's first economy-wide intelligent sensor network that integrates different data sources. Sense-T will give business, governments and communities the tools to make better decisions. The NW dairy and beef project objective is to

• Develop web-based tools for farmers providing prediction of pasture growth

• Test new technologies for tracking cattle behaviour with the aim of improving the early detection of subclinical diseases, reproductive performance and feed allocation.

Richard Rawnsley Sense-T 31/12/2014
Support for AMR Implementation in the Australia Dairy Industry (AMR) This program is working closely with the FutureDairy team (The University of Sydney) and NSW Department of Primary Industries to provide a continuing extension service to both current and prospective AMS/AMR dairy farmers in Tasmania. The project Gala pasture initiative provides information on pasture growth, allocation and utilization across the 3-way grazing platform and allows for informed pasture allocation to be commensurate with expected cow appetites. Alexis Perez Dairy Australia 31/12/2014
Dairy Business of the Year and Benchmarking Program - helping businesses assess their efficiency and performance indicators (DBOY) The benchmarking program is a free service that provides information to farmers about their business efficiency and performance indicators. These indicators include their percentage return on assets, pasture utilisation and production per hectare. These indicators are compared to their outcomes from previous years and compared to other farmers in Tasmania. Businesses can enter either the ANZ Dairy Business of the Year Award, including the Share Dairy Farmer Award or just opt for entering the benchmarking program. The Award entrants receive a detailed report on their business performance and will compete for prizes. The benchmarking program involves receiving the same reports, without entering the competition. Many participants also actively participate in our monthly Dairy Smart business discussion groups. Lesley Irvine Dairy Australia 30/6/2015
Young Dairy Network Tasmania (YDN) The Young Dairy Network Tasmania has been established as part of the national network (Young Dairy Network Australia) to provide training, development and social networking opportunities for young people working in the dairy industry in Tasmania. It aims to support and develop those already involved in the industry and to engage young people who are geographically and/or demographically isolated. The YDN offers support and information to young dairy people. Alison Hall Dairy Tas 31/12/2015