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Using a participatory approach to refining and prioritising recommendations for future extension delivery in the Tasmanian dairy industry

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posted on 2023-05-20, 02:24 authored by Hall, A, Lydia TurnerLydia Turner, Susan KilpatrickSusan Kilpatrick
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.


Publication title

Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal








Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)


Australasia Pacific Extension Network

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Rights statement

Copyright 2018 APEN

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Pasture, browse and fodder crops not elsewhere classified; Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences