Feedbase Participatory Action Research
What is 'Participatory Action Research'?
Participatory action research (PAR) is a process in which the researchers and participants in the research work collaboratively to identify research, action that research and reflect on outcomes.
In the Dairy On PAR project, a feedbase participatory action research group has been formed with the aim of 'increasing the number of farms in Tasmania achieving home-grown forage consumption greater than 1 t DM/ha/100 mm water'.
The group members are:
- Ben Popowski - dairy farmer, Smithton
- Brian Lawrence - dairy farmer, Meander
- Chris Haynes - milk supply manager, TDP
- Darron Charles - dairy farmer, Mawbanna
- David Squibb - agronomist, PGG Wrightson Seeds
- Duncan Macdonald - dairy farmer, Yolla
- Jason Lynch - consultant, Macquarie Franklin
- Lesley Irvine - extension officer, TIA
- Lydia Turner - social researcher, TIA
- Nigel Brock - dairy farmer, Montana
- Philip Murphy - feedbase technical officer, TIA
- Pieter Raedts - feedbase researcher, TIA
- Richard Romano - program manager for feedbase & nutrition, Dairy Australia
- Stuart Burr - dairy farmer, Ringarooma
- Wayne Hansen - dairy farmer, Flowerdale
Through a dairy industry feedbase forum and meetings of the feedbase PAR group, the area identified as the highest priority for further research is 'measuring and monitoring of the feedbase'.