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Rowan Smith

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Rowan Smith

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Dr Rowan Smith is a Research Fellow at the Tasmania Institute of Agriculture (TIA). Rowan works within the Dairy, Grains and Grazing Centre on pasture and grazing systems related research, and leads the TIA Herbage Development Program and TIA Pasture Team.

His research is focussed on improving the productivity of low-medium annual rainfall grazing systems through the use of perennial grasses and legumes. Rowan is the curator of the temperate grass collection at the Australian Pasture Genebank. Rowan is also involved in international research for development projects in Vietnam focussing on improving the productivity and profitability of smallholder beef enterprises.

Rowan supervisors and co-supervisors PhD, Masters and Honours students in the fields of plant nutrition, plant physiology, pasture agronomy and agricultural systems.

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Biography

Rowan is an early career researcher with a wide research scope, based mainly around pastures and grazing systems. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours degree at the University of Tasmania in 2004 with his honours studies examining the germination characteristics of arrowleaf clover. Rowan then took up a position as a technical officer for two years working on a project investigating the onion skin formation process. He then undertook a rural exchange in Norway before returning in late 2007 to start his PhD where he investigated the effects of wildlife grazing on pastures in Tasmania. In 2012 Rowan took up a Junior Research Fellow position at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and in 2014 took over the Herbage Development Program upon Eric Hall's retirement.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDImpacts of wildlife grazing on pastures in the Midlands, TasmaniaUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2012
BAgrSc (Hons)Germination characteristics in arrowleaf clover (Trifolium vesiculosum)University of TasmaniaAustralia2004

Memberships

Professional practice

Administrative expertise

Rowan currently leads the Herbage Development Program and coordinates an ACIAR project in Vietnam.

Teaching

PhD, Masters, Honours Supervision

Teaching expertise

PhD, Masters and Honours supervision

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Expertise

  • Pasture and forage evaluation
  • Herbage development and pasture plant breeding
  • Pasture seed regeneration
  • Grazing systems

Research Themes

Rowan's research aligns with the University's research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture's Strategic Plan. Rowan's research is focussed on; 1. the agronomy of novel pasture varieties developed and being developed within the Herbage Development Program, 2. effects of nitrogen use on legume content of pastures and ways to maintain legumes in perennial pastures, 3. alternative forages and grazing systems, 4. waterlogging tolerance in temperate and tropical forages, 5. developing alternative pasture plants for challenging grazing systems.

Current projects include:

  • Australian Pastures Genebank Germplasm Restoration
  • Evaluation of perennial legume options for the East Coast of Tasmania
  • Intensification of beef cattle production in upland cropping systems in Northwest Vietnam

Current projects

  • Australian Pastures Genebank Germplasm Restoration
  • Evaluation of perennial legume options for the East Coast of Tasmania
  • Intensification of beef cattle production in upland cropping systems in Northwest Vietnam

Fields of Research

  • Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070305)
  • Agronomy (070302)
  • Agricultural Land Management (070101)
  • Crop and Pasture Production (070399)
  • Agricultural Land Planning (070102)
  • Animal Nutrition (070204)
  • Crop and Pasture Nutrition (070306)
  • Farming Systems Research (070107)
  • Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) (070308)
  • Horticultural Crop Growth and Development (070601)
  • Animal Reproduction (070206)
  • Land Capability and Soil Degradation (050302)
  • Animal Growth and Development (070202)
  • Animal Management (070203)
  • Agricultural Production Systems Simulation (070103)
  • Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105)
  • Animal Production (070299)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Crop and Pasture Biochemistry and Physiology (070303)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction (070301)
  • Animal Breeding (070201)
  • Crop and Pasture Biomass and Bioproducts (070304)

Research Objectives

  • Sown Pastures (excl. Lucerne) (830406)
  • Beef Cattle (830301)
  • Pasture, Browse and Fodder Crops (830499)
  • Vegetables (820215)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils (961402)
  • Sheep - Meat (830310)
  • Wheat (820507)
  • Lucerne (830402)
  • Browse Crops (830401)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production (839899)
  • Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Production (839802)
  • Environmental Management Systems (960604)
  • Rural Land Evaluation (960607)
  • Plant Production and Plant Primary Products (829999)
  • Olives (820208)
  • Forest Product Traceability and Quality Assurance (829901)
  • Linseed (820504)
  • Pome Fruit, Pip Fruit (820210)
  • Native and Residual Pastures (830403)
  • Grain Legumes (820503)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management (960904)
  • Eggs (830501)
  • Non-Cereal Crops for Hay (830404)

Publications

Total publications

57

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
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2017Nguyen DV, Flakemore AR, Otto J, Ives SW, Smith RW, et al., 'Nutritional value and sensory characteristics of meat eating quality of Australian prime lambs supplemented with pelleted canola and flaxseed oils: fatty acid profiles of muscle and adipose tissues', Internal Medicine Review, 3, (3) pp. 1-21. ISSN 2470-3524 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18103/imr.v3i3.295 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Nguyen DV; Flakemore AR; Otto J; Ives SW; Nichols PD

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2017Nguyen XB, Dung DV, Mui NT, Van NH, Mia HT, et al., 'Cow-calf reproduction systems and effect of concentrate supplement at pre- and post-partum on reproductive performance of cross-bred Brahman cows raised in households in Binh Dinh Province', Vietnamese Journal of Agricultural Science, 15, (7) pp. 891-904. ISSN 1859-0004 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Parsons D; Bonney L

2015Ba NX, Dung DV, Mui NT, Van NH, Son PH, et al., 'Cow-calf production systems in households in Vietnam South Central coastal region', Vietnam Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2015, (21) pp. 109-117. ISSN 1859-4581 (2015) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Parsons D

2012Smith RW, Statham M, Norton TW, Rawnsley RP, Statham HL, et al., 'Effects of wildlife grazing on the production, ground cover and plant species composition of an established perennial pasture in the Midlands region, Tasmania', Wildlife Research, 39, (2) pp. 123-136. ISSN 1035-3712 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR11032 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Statham M; Norton TW; Rawnsley RP; Statham HL; Gracie AJ; Donaghy DJ

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Conference Publication

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2018Hannaway D, He F, Moot D, Yang X, Mills A, et al., 'Improving alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivar selection by GIS Mapping of fall dormancy and winter survival index classes and modeling seasonal and annual yield', Proceedings of the Second World Alfalfa Congress, 11-14 November 2018, Cordoba, Argentina, pp. 185-185. (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2017Hughes S, Smith R, Cox K, Humphries A, McClements D, et al., 'The Australian Pastures Genebank - A short history and update of progress', 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017, 24-28 September 2017, Ballarat, Victoria, pp. 1-4. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2017Smith R, 'Dean's Summer Research Scholarships - An opening for students and northern based research projects', School of Land and Food Annual Research Conference 2017, 13-15 June 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Smith R, Martin G, 'Australian Pastures Genebank - Temperate Species Regeneration', School of Land and Food Annual Research Conference 2017, 13-15 June 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Martin G

2017Stevenson K, Zhou M, Smith R, 'Screening for waterlogging tolerance in strawberry clover and other perennial legumes', Proceedings of the 18th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 24-28 September 2017, Ballarat, Victoria (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Zhou M

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2017Watson B, Pembleton K, Smith R, Corkrey R, Rawnsley R, 'Amino acids: a short-term nitrogen source for establishing irrigated pastures', 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017, 24-28 September 2017, Ballarat, Victoria, pp. 1-4. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Watson B; Pembleton K; Corkrey R; Rawnsley R

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2017Ba NX, Dung BV, Mui NT, Van NH, Mai HT, et al., 'Cow calf production systems and effect of concentrate supplement for cross Brahman cows at pre-and post-partum on reproductive performance in households in Binh Dinh province', Proceedings of the 1st Animal Production Conference 2017, 22-23 April 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam, pp. 122-127. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Parsons D; Bonney L

2016Watson B, Pembleton K, Smith R, Corkrey R, Rawnsley R, 'The role of stoloniferous red clover cv. Rubitas in establishing irrigated grass based pastures', Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium 2016, 16-18 November 2016, Sydney, pp. 1. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Watson B; Pembleton K; Corkrey R; Rawnsley R

2015Dean GJ, Merry AM, Smith RW, 'Evaluation of short-term fodder options between cropping phases in Tasmania', Proceedings of the 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 20-24 September 2015, Hobart, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dean GJ; Merry AM

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2015Dung DV, Mui NT, Ba NX, Van NH, Smith R, et al., 'Constraints to improved productivity of smallholder cow-calf systems in South Central Coast Vietnam - insights from recent surveys', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries, 27-30 October 2015, Pattaya, Thailand, pp. 703-706. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Parsons D

2015Hai TT, Smith RW, Malau-Aduli AEO, Ba NX, Van NH, et al., 'On-farm cow-calf performance in response to pre- and post-partum concentrate supplementation in South Central Coastal Vietnam', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries, 27-30 October 2015, Pattaya, Thailand, pp. 1-4. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hai TT; Malau-Aduli AEO; Parsons D

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2015Lane P, Butler T, Smith R, Hall E, 'Herbage seed production in Tasmania, Australia', 8th International Herbage Seed Group Conference 2015, 21-24 June 2015, Lanzhou, China (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lane P; Butler T; Hall E

2015Nguyen VD, Ives SW, Smith RW, Malau-Aduli AEO, 'Growth response of purebred Merino and crossbred prime lambs supplemented with canola and flaxseed oils', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries, 27-30 October 2015, Pattaya, Thailand, pp. 113-116. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Nguyen VD; Ives SW; Malau-Aduli AEO

2015Smith R, Hall E, Corkrey R, Parsons D, Pembleton K, et al., 'Summer production of alternative species in comparison to perennial ryegrass and white clover for high input pasture systems', Proceedings of the 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 20-24 September 2015, Hobart, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hall E; Corkrey R; Parsons D; Pembleton K; Rawnsley R

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2015Smith R, Hall E, Corkrey R, Parsons D, Pembleton K, et al., 'Production interactions between combinations of 4 perennial legumes and 5 perennial grasses, grown under high input management with and without applications of nitrogen', Proceedings of the 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 20-24 September 2015, Hobart, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hall E; Corkrey R; Parsons D; Pembleton K; Rawnsley R

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2015Watson B, Pembleton K, Smith R, Corkrey R, Rawnsley R, 'Stoloniferous red clover cv. Rubitas is a valuable companion to PRG and phalaris', Proceedings of the 17th Australian Agronomy Conference 2015, 20-24 September 2015, Hobart, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Watson B; Pembleton K; Corkrey R; Rawnsley R

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2014Smith R, 'Tour of Tasmania's pasture trial sites - matching pasture variety with landscape and climate constraints', Red Meat Updates Tasmania, 12 June 2014, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Van NH, Ba NX, Tung HV, Smith RW, Lane PA, et al., 'Effect of cattle manure application method on forage production of Panicum maximum in central coastal Vietnam', Proceedings of the 16th Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies Conference, 10-14 November 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pp. 1357-1360. ISBN 978-602-8475-87-7 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Lane PA; Parsons D

2012Christie KM, Rawnsley RP, Smith RW, 'Greenhouse gas emissions of lamb production in Tasmania', Proceedings of the Climate Change Research Strategies for Primary Industries Conference (CCRSPI) 2012, 27-29 November 2012, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 154-155. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Christie KM; Rawnsley RP

2012Gracie A, Boersma M, Smith R, Brown P, Dennis J, 'Onion Leaf Desiccation Processes and Implications for Skin Quality', Acta Horticulturae, 21-24 May 2012, Fukuoka, Japan, pp. 203-208. ISSN 0567-7572 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.969.27 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Gracie A; Boersma M

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2012Kidd DB, Webb MA, Grose CJ, Moreton RM, Malone BP, et al., 'Digital soil assessment: Guiding irrigation expansion in Tasmania, Australia', Digital Soil Assessments and Beyond: Proceedings of the Fifth Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, 10-13 April 2012, Sydney, Australia, pp. 3-8. ISBN 978-0-415-62155-7 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Cotching WE; Sparrow LA

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2012Sattler S, Lane PA, Parsons D, Smith R, 'Productivity and pre- and post-grazing quality of pasture cultivars in a grazing trial', Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia, 25-27 July 2012, Launceston, Tasmania (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Lane PA; Parsons D

2012Smith R, Corkrey R, Martin G, Field B, Ball P, 'Tasmanian pasture resource audit: Snapshot of functional group composition in 2011', Proceedings of the 16th Australian Agronomy Conference 2012, 14-18 October 2012, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, pp. 1-6. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Corkrey R; Martin G; Field B; Ball P

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2012Smith R, Corkrey R, Martin GI, Phelan DC, Bridle K, 'The Tasmanian pasture resource audit: is perenniality a thing of the past? What adaptation actions are needed to increase perenniality into the future?', Proceedings of the 2nd International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2012, 29-31 May 2012, Arizona, USA (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Corkrey R; Martin GI; Phelan DC; Bridle K

2012Smith R, Corkrey R, Webb M, Martin GI, Field B, 'Opportunity beckons for livestock production through pasture improvement at a landscape scale', Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc 2012, 25-27 July 2012, Launceston, Tasmania (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Corkrey R; Martin GI; Field B

2010Smith R, 'Impact and economics of wildlife browsing on Tasmanian pastures', Proceedings of the 24th Vertebrate Pest Conference, 22-25 February 2010, Sacramento, California, pp. 384-388. ISSN 0507-6773 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Smith R, 'Impacts and economics of wildlife browsing on Tasmanian pastures', Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference, 1-5 December 2008, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2006Gracie AJ, Smith R, 'Causes of onion skin disorders', Proceedings of the Australian Vegetable Industry Conference 2006, 9-12 May 2006, Brisbane, Australia (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Gracie AJ

2006Gracie AJ, Smith R, Dennis J, Brown PH, 'Investigation and Manipulation of the Onion Skin Formation Process', Proceedings of the 27th International Horticultural Congress, 12-20 September 2006, Seoul, Korea (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Gracie AJ; Brown PH

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Smith R, Hall E, Hurst A, Martin G, 'Waterhouse Resilient Pasture Demonstration: Final Report', NRM North and the Australian Government, Hobart, Australia (2014) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hall E; Hurst A; Martin G

2014Smith R, Hall E, Hurst A, Martin G, 'Perennial pastures renovation demonstration: turning failure into success', Tamar NRM and the Australian Government, Hobart, Australia (2014) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hall E; Hurst A; Martin G

2013Ives S, Smith R, Warrener R, 'Sustainable dairy farm nutrient management', DairyTas and NRM North (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Ives S; Warrener R

2013Smith R, Corkrey R, Martin G, Dolbey B, Ball P, et al., 'Tasmanian Pasture Resource Audit: A review of the botanical composition of Tasmanian pastures in 2011 - Final Report', Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Hobart, Australia (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Corkrey R; Martin G; Dolbey B; Ball P; Hall A; Field B

2012Smith R, Cotching WE, Dolbey BR, 'Nutrient Budgeting in Extensive Grazing Systems', NRM North, Final Report PL053 (2012) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Cotching WE; Dolbey BR

2010Norton TW, Lacey MJ, Smith R, Statham M, Rawnsley RP, et al., 'Managing the Impacts of Browsing Wildlife on Tasmanian Farms - A report to the Alternatives to the Use of 1080 Program administered jointly by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and Australian Government for UTas Project N0016050', Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research, University of Tasmania (2010) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Norton TW; Lacey MJ; Statham M; Rawnsley RP; Donaghy DJ; Gracie AJ; Burkitt LL

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Smith R, 'Impacts of wildlife grazing on pastures in the Midlands, Tasmania' (2012) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(17 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Smith R, 'Looking for the right legumes', Tasmanian Country, Davies Brothers Limited, Australia, 16 June 2017, p. 2. (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Smith R, Norrie H, 'Bamboo cattle shelters in Vietnam', Tasmanian Country Hour, ABC Broadcasting, Hobart, Tasmania, 14 August 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Norrie H

2017Smith Rowan, 'Cranbrook's Milton Vineyard trial site for new pasture project', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Australia, 14 June 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Smith R, 'Evaluation of perennial legume options for the East Coast of Tasmania', TAS Country Hour, ABC Radio, Hobart, Australia, 7 July 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Smith R, Bobbi PR, 'Putting seeds in the bank to preserve pasture', Tassie Dairy News, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 18 November 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Bobbi PR

2016Smith Rowan, 'Pastures put on show for Genebank visit', Burnie Advocate, Fairfax Media, Australia, 24 November 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Smith Rowan, 'Pastures put on show for Genebank visit', Launceston Examiner, Examiner Newspaper Pty Ltd., Australia, 24 November 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Smith Rowan, Bobbi PR, 'Putting seeds in the bank to preserve pasture', Farming Tasmania, The Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association, Tasmania, November-December 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Bobbi PR

2016Smith Rowan, Evans Kathy, Meinke Holger, 'Blooms of research on show', Tasmanian Country, Davies Brothers Limited, Australia, 05 August 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Evans Kathy; Meinke Holger

2015Smith Rowan, 'Pasture genebank embraces Tasmania's collection of temperate seeds', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 13 November 2015 (2015) [Media Interview]

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2013Smith R, 'Grass weeds abundant in improved pastures', Tasmanian Weed Society Newsletter, Tasmanian Weed Society, Tasmania (2013) [Magazine Article]

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2012Cotching B, Sparrow L, Kerslake F, Smith R, 'Wheat growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection', Wealth from Water Factsheet, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Australia (2012) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Cotching B; Sparrow L; Kerslake F

2012Smith RW, 'Lucerne growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection', Wealth from Water Factsheet, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Australia (2012) [Report Other]

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2012Smith RW, 'Olive growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection', Wealth from Water Factsheet, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Australia (2012) [Report Other]

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2012Smith RW, 'Linseed growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection', Wealth from Water Factsheet, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Australia (2012) [Report Other]

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2012Smith RW, 'Cherry growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection', Wealth from Water Factsheet, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Australia (2012) [Report Other]

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2012Smith Rowan, 'Perennial ryegrass growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection', Wealth from Water Factsheet, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Australia (2012) [Report Other]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

16

Total funding

$2,525,774

Projects

Evaluation of perennial legume options for the East Coast of Tasmania (2017 - 2020)$21,850
Description
BackgroundThe East Coast of Tasmania has been an important wool producing region, limited by low rainfall (Kelvedon Annual 626 mm, median 607 mm), 3 of the past 8 years have yielded less than 500 mm. The rainfall distribution is also skewed to late spring summer rain, making it unlike much of the Midlands region. Previous work undertaken by the Herbage Development Program (HDP) in this region has focussed primarily on perennial grass options and annual legume options. This work highlighted the importance of using summer active cocksfoots which can respond to summer rainfall events. Further, annual legumes such as arrowleaf clover were grown successfully.ChallengeHowever, inspection of the demonstration sites earlier this year highlighted the lack of perennial legumes within pasture swards, with most of the legume component being made up of subterranean clover. This project will evaluate the perennial legume options for East Coast dryland grazing systems. In particular, the suitability of perennial legumes developed recently by the HDP including the deep-rooted Talish clover, stoloniferous red clover, and variegated lucerne.MethodsThe site will be identified in autumn 2017 and sprayed out to remove the existing pasture. The site will ideally have a low amount of background subterranean clover present. Pasture treatments will be sown in a randomised block design with 4 replicates using an Ojyard precision drill in early spring 2017. Plant counts will be undertaken to confirm establishment followed by seasonal production and persistence assessments.
Funding
Southern Regional Natural Resource Management Association Inc ($21,850)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith RW
Period
2017 - 2020
Australian Pastures Genebank Germplasm Restoration (2015 - 2018)$245,564
Funding
South Australian Research and Development Institute ($245,564)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith RW; Martin GI
Period
2015 - 2018
Seed Increase of Lotus corniculatus cultivars LC07AUYF & LCU07AUF (2014 - 2015)$31,268
Description
Attaining satisfactory seed yields from Lotus corniculatus in NSW has been a challenge due to the hot climate and rapid ripening of seed. Tasmania has a long growing season with lower maximum temperatures which allow seed to mature more slowly and attain higher seed weights. This can lead to higher germination percentages. This project will test 2-3 harvesting techniques that may increase the amount of seed that is collected. These include; applying a seed pod sealer and then direct heading with a harvester; cutting and windrowing so that the seed pods can dry, followed by threshing and vacuuming seed that has fallen onto the weed mat. To achieve this, two seed blocks will be established on weed mat and separated by a distance of at least 300 meters as per the recommended standards.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries NSW ($31,268)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith RW
Period
2014 - 2015
Effectiveness of novel endophytes on persistence and production of perennial ryegrass (2014 - 2019)$94,500
Description
Endophytes can provide increased tolerance of insect predation and drought stress in ryegrasses. The addition of an endophyte in perennial ryegrass can therefore lead to greater productivity and persistence of pastures. Endophytes can also have a negative effect. Secondary metabolites can cause health problems in animals leading to lower productivity. In recent times novel endophytes with apparent little or no negative effects have been incorporated into the most productive perennial ryegrass cultivars. Advances in endophyte technology have focussed mainly on addressing the negative effects of endophytes on animal performance and increasing production of the grass. Reducing the negative effects of endophytes may also reduce the plants ability to survive drought or pest stresses, leading to decreased persistence. Any possible reduction in persistence is not well understood. Reduced persistence is a major consideration particularly for extensive grazing enterprises where pasture are expected to last 10-15 years, it is of less importance to short term, high productivity pastures. With extensive pastures in poor botanical condition, providing understanding for extensive graziers on persistence of new products will be important if we are to improve the pasture resource. This study will evaluate the persistence of 40 perennial ryegrass cultivars and test lines from PGG Wrightson Seeds, containing nil, novel and wild type endophytes over a five year period. The study will be conducted at the Cressy Research and Demonstration Station which provides the surety of irrigation, and will ensure pasture establishment in the first year regardless of autumn break. Data collection will include persistence monitoring, in line with the prescribed methods conducted under the National Pasture Variety Trial Network.
Funding
PGG WRIGHTSON SEEDS (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD ($94,500)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith RW
Period
2014 - 2019
Developing productive and profitable smallholder beef enterprises in Central Vietnam (2014 - 2018)$1,049,989
Description
The overall objective of this project is to assist in developing productive and profitable smallholder beef enterprises in Central Vietnam. To take advantage of growing market opportunities, the specific objectives of the project are to: 1) develop more efficient smallholder cow-calf and cattle growing systems through improved feeding and management; 2) develop stronger interaction with markets for beef cattle producers who already have a production orientation; 3) identify and develop knowledge exchange and adoption pathways for expanding impacts within smallholder beef cattle enterprises.
Funding
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ($1,049,989)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bonney L; Smith RW; Malau-Aduli AEO; Lane PA; Parsons D
Period
2014 - 2018
Harnessing the potential for forages under the major irrigation expansion (2014 - 2016)$30,000
Funding
Dairy Australia Limited ($30,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rawnsley RP; Pembleton KG; Smith RW
Period
2014 - 2016
Improved market engagement and profitability for smallholder beef enterprises in central Vietnam (2013)$8,500
Funding
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ($8,500)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Parsons D; Smith RW; Bonney L; Lane PA; Malau-Aduli AEO
Year
2013
Mentoring the Herbage Development Program (2013)$35,000
Description
This project involves the following tasks: development of a strategic plan for the Program encompassing at least a 15 year horizon taking account the changing agricultural landscape driven by forces including irrigation development, climate change, natural resource management imperative and economics. This will inform the annual operating plan to be developed by the management committee of the Program. It will identify and implement opportunities for national and international collaborations with the intent that the Program will lead to at least one jointly resourced and implemented research, development or extension project that contributes to achieving the aims of the Program. It will establish and oversee engagement with the proposed National Pasture Genetic Resource Centre
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($35,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Field B; Smith RW
Year
2013
Appointment of a Herbage Development Program Industry Development and Extension Officer (2013)$70,000
Description
The objectives of the project are to achieve the following with respect to a development and extension plan, focused on the red meat, wool and pasture seed production industries: awareness by Tasmanian farmers and agribusinesses of the suite of pasture plants developed by the program specifically for Tasmanian conditions; awareness by Tasmanian farmers and agribusinesses of the opportunities to increase animal production by increasing pasture production and utilisation through using pasture species developed by the program, coupled with adoption of best practice grazing management; facilitate the adoption by Tasmanian farmers of pasture plants developed by the program specifically for Tasmanian conditions and quantitatively evaluate the outcomes; creation of a strategic alliance with at least one Tasmanian red meat processor for the purpose of achieving above outcomes; identify issues associated with using pasture plants developed by the program in Tasmanian grazing systems and in producing seed of these plants that can be addressed through future research, development and extension activities; in collaboration with pasture seed producers develop a strategy for providing long term industry generated funding to support research, development and extension to the Tasmania pasture seed industry.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($70,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Field B; Smith RW; Ball PD
Year
2013
Optimising cropping practices in mixed farming systems of Tasmania (2013 - 2015)$478,550
Funding
Grains Research & Development Corporation ($478,550)
Scheme
Tender-Validation and Integration
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pengilley G; Merry AM; Smith RW; Acuna TL; Davey B; Howard RC; Johnson PG
Period
2013 - 2015
MLA Regional Trials - Tasmania Cressy Site (2012 - 2015)$188,938
Funding
Meat and Livestock Australia ($188,938)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Field B; Smith RW
Period
2012 - 2015
Perennial pasture renovation demonstration - turning failure into success (2012)$16,800
Funding
Tamar Region Natural Resource Management Strategy Reference Group Incorporated ($16,800)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith RW; Hall E
Year
2012
Waterhouse resilient pasture demonstration (2012 - 2013)$12,875
Description
The objective of the project is to trial and demonstrate the resilience of a wide range of specialised grass and legume cultivars in the challenging soil environment of the Waterhouse area. A suite of pasture cultivars that can maintain groundcover and withstand grazing and trampling on sand banks would be a highly valuable outcome.
Funding
The Northern Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Assoc Inc. ($12,875)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith RW; Hall E; Ball PD; Field B
Period
2012 - 2013
Nutrient management for the dairy industry in Northern Tasmania (2012 - 2013)$167,000
Description
The project will undertake nutrient mapping and budgeting with Northern (Deloraine area and Brid Catchment) region dairy farmers and extend the findings from previous nutrient management projects to dairy farmers in the region. The project will also seek to build on the work done previously to improve farmer awareness and willingness to undertake changes on their farm. The main objectives of the project are: to assess the soil nutrient concentrations in very paddock on 20 farms (1200 paddocks approximately) in the Northern region Meander/Deloraine + Northeast). - Undertake whole farm nutrient budgeting on the 20 sampled farms; to provide participating farmers and fetilizer industry agronomists a much better understanding of how to better target fertiliser application and minimise the risk of nutrient loss to waterways; to improve the efficiency of fertiliser inputs; to reduce the environment risk that intensive grazing industries pose to water and soil quality within the Northern Region.
Funding
DairyTas ($167,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ives SW; Smith RW
Period
2012 - 2013
Managing carbon in livestock systems: modelling options for net carbon balance (2011)$50,000
Funding
Meat and Livestock Australia ($50,000)
Scheme
Grant-Strategic and Applied Research Funding
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rawnsley RP; Christie KM; Smith RW
Year
2011
Nutrient Budgeting in Extensive Grazing Systems (2011 - 2012)$24,940
Funding
The Northern Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Assoc Inc. ($24,940)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith RW; Bridle K; Cotching WE; Field B
Period
2011 - 2012

Research Supervision

Rowan is actively seeking PhD and Masters of Research students, and welcomes applications from potential students interested in plant nutrition, plant physiology, pasture agronomy and agricultural systems.

These are subject to students receiving a scholarship from the University of Tasmania or an external source.

Current

2

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDHarnessing the potential for forages under the major irrigation expansion to produce milk for the Tasmanian dairy industry2014
MastersResponse of Alternative Perennial Temperate and Topical Grasses to Water-logging and Effect of Management Strategies on their Water-logging Tolerance. Improving Feed Supply and Quality to Lift Productivity of Smallholder Cattle Producers in Vietnam2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersStrategic Nutritional Enhancement of Cow-Calf Performance in South Central Coastal Vietnam
Candidate: Thanh Hai Tran
2016