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Published: 15 Jun 2018

TIA PhD candidate, Alison Hall, was awarded the 2018 Young Dairy Scientist Communication Award at the Australian Dairy Conference.

The award, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, is a prestigious award for young dairy scientists and is judged based on a written article, visual display, and presentation at the conference.

Miss Hall’s PhD is exploring the link between technology usage, extension activities and on-farm pasture management practices for dairy farmers.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Miss Hall worked as a Dairy Industry Extension and Development Officer with TIA, developing an interest in pasture management, business management, and farmer decision making. The findings of her research will provide useful learnings back into TIA’s dairy extension program.

“As part of the project I’m exploring why and how Tasmanian dairy farmers make decisions around pasture management, and what factors drive farmers’ engagement with extension activities,” Miss Hall said.

“Levels of on-farm pasture consumption remain below what is possible to achieve, indicating there is potential to further increase pasture utilisation through farmers refining their pasture management knowledge and skills through measuring and monitoring of pasture.”

Miss Hall’s PhD is part of the Dairy on PAR project, funded by Dairy Australia and the University of Tasmania, with additional funding through the AW Howard Memorial Trust.

Want to know more? Read this article in The Examiner newspaper