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Pasture management and extension on Tasmanian dairy farms - who measures up?


Hall, A and Turner, L and Irvine, L and Kilpatrick, S, Pasture management and extension on Tasmanian dairy farms - who measures up?, Rural extension and innovation systems journal, 13, (2) pp. 32-40. ISSN 2204-8758 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Tasmanian dairy farmers were surveyed to identify the extent of use of pasture management tools and technology and engagement with extension activities. The survey was mailed to the 440 registered dairy farmers with a response rate of 164 (37%). Of the farmers who responded, 65% had previously used a tool such as a rising plate meter, CDAX bike reader or pasture ruler, 48% currently use a tool, and 86% had attended extension activities. Attendance at extension activities, past use of a tool, farm size and education were positively related to the current use of pasture management tools (p <0.05). Farmers who have used a pasture measurement tool in the past and/or currently use a tool, ranked confidence in their pasture management ability higher (p <0.05) than those who have not used a tool. Past use of a tool, herd size and farmer education were positively related to attendance at extension activities (p <0.05).

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pasture management, technology uptake, dairy, extension, technology, tools
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental education and extension
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Objective Field:Sown pastures (excl. lucerne)
UTAS Author:Hall, A (Miss Alison Hall)
UTAS Author:Turner, L (Dr Lydia Turner)
UTAS Author:Irvine, L (Ms Lesley Irvine)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
ID Code:122380
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-11-13
Last Modified:2018-06-21

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