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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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TIA has a vision for Tasmania’s grazing sectors to be based on an optimised feed-base that enables highly profitable, sustainable and productive grazing systems.

This is an important focus in Tasmania, where almost 70% of agricultural land use is pasture. Our research has indicated that there is significant opportunity to improve the composition of pastures in Tasmania, which will deliver productivity and profitability benefits back to industry.

Our innovative research and development is conducted in collaboration with public and private stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. Key highlights include:

  • Delivering the Herbage Development Program (HDP), which makes a significant contribution to Tasmania by developing and evaluating pasture and forage varieties suited to the state’s temperate grazing systems.
  • Leading the temperate grasses regeneration program for the Australian Pastures Genebank, which is Australia’s first national pasture and forage genetic resource centre.
  • Delivering the Sheep Connect extension program in Tasmania, which is Australian Wool Innovation’s key investment for the Tasmanian sheep and wool industries.

Capabilities

  • Agronomic and systems level understanding of perennial pastures
  • Development and evaluation of alternative legumes and grasses for dryland systems
  • Grazing management for intensive systems and experience and skills in successfully extending this to farmers
  • Research and development capabilities regarding water and nitrogen use efficiency

Research and extension staff