Using a participatory approach to refining and prioritising recommendations for future extension delivery in the Tasmanian dairy industry
Hall, A and Turner, L and Kilpatrick, S, Using a participatory approach to refining and prioritising recommendations for future extension delivery in the Tasmanian dairy industry, Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, 14, (2) pp. 43-52. ISSN 2204-8758 (2018) [Refereed Article]
Supporting dairy farmers to develop pasture management knowledge and skills through implementation of best practice recommendations has been a priority for research, development and extension in the Tasmanian dairy industry. Many farmers have not engaged with extension, and/or have not implemented recommended pasture management practices. The purpose of this study was to refine and prioritise recommendations for future extension and pasture management activities from a survey of 162 Tasmanian dairy farmers that identified current practices and extension engagement, and in-depth, qualitative interviews with 30 of these farmers that explored factors influencing adoption and engagement behaviours. Preliminary recommendations for developing future extension activities were drafted from these studies. A modified Delphi technique and survey invited these 30 farmers to prioritise the recommendations. Highest priority recommendations include: introducing different levels of pasture management training relative to experience; identifying and targeting farmers motivating values; and their requirement for ongoing, on-farm support to apply pasture management information and principles.