Groups and Locations

Dairy Smart groups are offered across the state's dairying regions. The current Dairy Smart project consists of Business Groups, Feedbase and Nutrition Groups, and Employee Groups. See the list below for more information, and to find a group closest to you.

Farm Business Management Groups

The aim of the business groups is to undertake analysis of business decisions that are being considered a group member, discuss profitable decision making, business analysis and management, and cash flow budgeting and monitoring.  The business groups are set up as closed groups with membership to be reviewed annually. 

  • North-East Business Group
  • Central North Business Group 
  • Devonport/Burnie Business Group
  • The North-West Business Group

The Dairy Smart Business Groups are facilitated by Alexis Perez. For more information, contact Alexis on 0418 876 0890418 876 089, or email Alexis.Perez@utas.edu.au.

Feedbase and Nutrition Groups

The aim of the feedbase and nutrition groups is to assist farmers to improve pasture consumption and feed conversion efficiency.  The groups meet on-farm and discuss the host farm pasture consumption and feed conversion efficiency as well as other discussion points raised by the host farmer, and seasonally relevant topics.  These group meetings also typically include a farm walk (or drive).  The feedbase and nutrition groups are open to all dairy farmers.  The current feedbase and nutrition groups that are meeting are:

  • North-East Feedbase and Nutrition Group
  • Cressy/Deloraine Feedbase and Nutrition Group
  • Devonport Feedbase and Nutrition Group
  • Yolla Feedbase and Nutrition Group
  • North-West Feedbase and Nutrition Group
  • Marrawah Feedbase and Nutrition Group

The Feedbase and Nutrition Groups are supported by PGG Wrightson Seeds.

For more information on the Dairy Smart feedbase and nutrition groups, contact Lesley Irvine, Lesley.Irvine@utas.edu.au or 0428 880 2870428 880 287.

Employee Groups

Employee groups are aimed at employees or new entrants to the dairy industry. They cover topics that are essential to working in the Tasmanian dairy industry including:

  • Measuring and managing pasture
  • Grazing management and principles - including understanding leaf stage, setting rotation length and feed budgeting
  • Calculating cow requirements
  • Soil management
  • Fertiliser management
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Personal goal setting
  • Working as part of a team

There are currently two Dairy Smart employee groups, one in the North-West and one in the Central North. For more information on these groups, or about starting a group in your region, please contact Heidi Broun, TIA Dairy Extension Officer on 6430 4903 or email Heidi.Broun@utas.edu.au.

Agribusiness Professional Group

Quarterly breakfast meetings are held for Agribusiness Professionals as part of the Dairy Smart project.  These meetings provide an opportunity for professional development, networking and collaboration.  Each meeting also focuses on a particular theme of interest to the group.  For more information, contact Lesley Irvine, on 6430 4961 or email Lesley.Irvine@utas.edu.au.

Notes from the Agribusiness Professional meetings can be found here.

Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) Farmer Network

The AMS Farmer Network meets four times a year, with one meeting being a national AMS forum. This group is aimed at farmers that have AMS or AMR systems currently installed or being installed, or those seriously considering installing a robotic system. The purpose of the group is to enhance profitability by improving AMS efficiency on farm. For more information please contact Alexis Perez at Alexis.Perez@utas.du.au or 0418 876 8090418 876 809.