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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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TIA’s dairy team conducts innovative and responsive research, development and extension to support the industry develop in a profitable and sustainable manner.

We aim to be a global leader in the use of technologies and practices that enhance pasture based dairy systems productivity, profitability and competitiveness.

We maintain a close working relationship with the industry’s peak body, Dairy Australia, along with dairy farmers, consultants, advisers, and other people working in the industry.

TIA’s Dairy research team is represented on a range of industry platforms including the DairyTas Board, Dairy Australia’s Dairy Moving Forward Community of Interest groups and the national Animal Welfare Committee.

A long-term partnership between TIA and Dairy Australia enables delivery of targeted dairy productivity research and extension services, helping to drive Tasmanian dairy farm profitability and sustainability. This includes a $7.6 million funding commitment from DA announced in 2016.

Dairy Research Facility

The TIA Dairy Research Facility is a fully operational 360-head dairy farming operation, located on 220 hectares at Elliott in North-West Tasmania.

Our researchers use the Dairy Research Facility to conduct experiments on small plots or larger-scale experiments that use part of the farm and a herd of cows.

During 2017, all cows were fitted with a sensor that enables data to be collected for each cow, measuring and recording data including feeding, activity, ruminating and resting. This data provides information for farm management and creates a database of historical information that can be used for research purposes.

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Capabilities

Our research expertise includes:

  • Animal nutrition and welfare
  • Benchmarking and business analysis
  • Biophysical and farm system modelling
  • Precision agriculture and new technologies
  • Optimising feedbase (pasture and crops)
  • Soils and nutrient management
  • Natural resources management
  • People, education and training

Research and extension team

PhD candidates