RMCG was recently engaged by the Tasmanian Beef Industry (R&D) Trust to conduct a survey of Tasmanian beef producer’s pasture production and management practices. The purpose of the research was to provide researchers and the broader industry with insights to guide future investment.
The specific objectives were to:
The consultation consisted of 35 producers, which included 9 interviews with questions based on qualitative principles, and 26 online surveys based on quantitative principles.
The key findings highlighted that many producers use intuitive or ‘gut-feel’ measurements to guide their pasture management, from grazing, to irrigation and nutrition. Pasture renovation was also limited on an area basis, with many producers opting to use grazing management and nutrition to improve species composition of existing pastures.
This project improved the understanding of pasture management in the Tasmanian beef industry and provided recommendations to guide future research, development and extension. The final report is now available, and can be accessed here