19 January 2021, 11am (AEDT)
Campbell Town and Ross, Tasmania
Our first event for 2021 is a Campbell Town site visit on 19 January, when we will take a closer look at some new research who promises to boost beef productivity and enhance resilience in the face of a changing climate.
Anyone is welcome to attend this event and 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.
The site is home to a new five-year project, led by Dr Smith, which 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 will lead the site visit and share the progress of the research thus far.
The 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.
After visiting the site, attendees are invited to attend JJ’s Cafe in Campbell Town for lunch.
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.