4 February 2021, 2.15pm (AEDT)






Claire Boyle
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This year Farmers for Climate Action is taking a closer look at how Tasmanian graziers can become more climate-smart via an online and in-person series, Climate-Smart Tasmanian Grazing.

At this webinar you will hear from Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) Research Fellow Dr Rowan Smith on the latest in growing red meat productivity through the selection and establishment of perennial legumes. 

Our first event for 2021 was a Campbell Town site visit held on 19 January, where attendees took a closer look at Dr Smith’s new research that promises to boost beef productivity and enhance resilience in the face of a changing climate. Dr Smith will share the latest from the Campbell Town site for all those unable to make the day.

The research will help grow productivity in the red meat industry by identifying and establishing perennial legume species that can successfully persist to fill feed gaps and improve tolerance and productivity under waterlogging. 

Dr Smith’s project aims to take a region-focused approach to improve the proportion of legumes in the high rainfall regions of the North West Coast and low-medium rainfall region of the Tasmanian Midlands.

Find out more about how this exciting new project promises to boost the productivity and resilience of Tasmania’s red meat industry here.

Photo credit: Brett Hall

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Dr Rowan Smith

Rowan is a Research Fellow at the Tasmania Institute of Agriculture (TIA). Rowan works within the Dairy, Grains and Grazing Centre on pasture and grazing systems related research, and leads Feedbase and Environment research cluster.

His research is focussed on improving the productivity of low-medium annual rainfall grazing systems through the use of perennial grasses and legumes. Rowan is an honorary curator of the temperate grass collection at the Australian Pasture Genebank. Rowan is also involved in international research for development projects in Vietnam focussing on improving the productivity and profitability of smallholder beef enterprises.

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