Published: 13 Jun 2018
In 2016, TIA and Dairy Australia formed a long-term partnership to deliver targeted dairy productivity research and extension services in Tasmania.
The $7.6 million partnership recognises TIA’s expertise in delivering research and extension to help drive dairy farm profitability and sustainability. It aligns with the national dairy strategic plan ‘Dairy Moving Forward’.
TIA and Dairy Australia have a long and successful history of shared investment in research, development and extension for the dairy industry.
"Dairy is Tasmania's biggest agricultural industry and is worth approximately $1 billion per year post farm gate to the Tasmanian economy," TIA Director, Professor Holger Meinke said.
"The industry has grown by 34 per cent over the past decade and research and innovation are crucial if we are to see the sector to continue to grow profitably and sustainably.”
At the time of the announcement, Dairy Australia Managing Director Ian Halliday said the research would address high-level objectives for improved feedbase performance in Tasmania's pasture-based dairy system.
"At the core of this new program are farmers, who will directly contribute to research direction and the building skills and knowledge across the state,” he said.