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Tasmanian Dairy Natural Resource Management

Tasmania has some of the best natural resource assets for dairying in the world. This makes sustainable natural resource management (NRM) important to the Tasmanian dairy industry. NRM helps you look after your water, soils and biodiversity while managing your production input and overall business profitability.

  • Copy Link Energy efficiency and renewables

    Tasmanian energy efficiency and renewables

    Save money - get an on-farm energy assessment

    Getting an energy assessment can save you an average of $1,080 per farm in energy efficiency savings alone. For most farms, are significantly larger savings by improving electricity billing arrangements (e.g. removal of unnecessary extra meters with annual charges) and changeover to time-of-use contracts.To get an assessment, please contact us. [Linda, do we offer this service?]

    Are you on the best tariffs?

    Getting your power bills right is the best way to save money on energy costs. First learn about your right to choose your electricity provider, read this statement by the Tasmanian government. Including your rights and obligations as an energy customer in our state. Then, contact your provider. Schedule an energy plan check every 12 months to make sure you remain on the best tariffs.

    Aurora Energy
    Aurora Energy website
    Phone: 1300 13 2045 (8am - 6pm Mon-Fri)

    ERM Business Energy
    ERM Business Energy website
    Phone: 13 23 76

    How efficient is your dairy?

    Hot water, milk cooling and milk harvesting are the biggest on-farm energy consumers. Annual power bills range from $4,000 on the low end to $72,000 on the high end.
    Benchmarking from 200 dairy shed energy audits was conducted from December 2012 to February 2015 as part of Smarter Energy Use in Australian Dairies. Read the summary figures and compare your energy use.

    Farmer Case studies - Tasmanian dairy farmers and energy efficiency

    • Energy efficient irrigation system for the dairy farm
      Simon Bennett & Family, Forest Farm, Elizabeth Town, Tasmania
      Simon gives his tips for irrigation upgrades after upgrading the family farm of 560 ha farm area to a six fixed Centre Pivot irrigators covering 270.18 ha
      Download this case study

    • Telita Irrigation and Energy Summary
      Alan and Rosie Davenport
      Download this case study

    Industry Case study - The Van Diemen's Land Company, Tasmania

    • Saving money through improved cooling systems, vacuum pumps and energy recovery systems
      The Van Diemens Land Company
      Download this case study


  • Copy Link Thinking about a mini-hydro?

    Mini hydros and micro hydros can save you money on electricity, but to be cost effective, your farm's water volume must meet a minimum requirement. Review the requirements in these fact sheets.

    Factsheet and FAQ: Micro hydro for the farm and home


    • Expected savings
    • Costs
    • Government incentives
    • Return on investment - low head and high head systems

    Download the factsheet here

    Fact sheet: Micro hydro generation and water usage


    • Government regulations and requirements
    • Existing farm dam spillway usage
    • Existing farm dam outflow pipe work

    Download the factsheet here

    Video: Tasmania's first low-head, irrigation dam micro hydro system


    The first low-head, irrigation dam micro hydro system in Tasmania. The shed has two micro hydro generators, one grid connected, the other for research and development purposes.


  • Copy Link Climate change and carbon policy

    The dairy industry in Tasmania faces challenges relating to climate variability and climate change, rising energy and fertiliser prices.

    Future Ready Dairy Systems (FRDS) is a major Dairy Australia project focused on helping dairy farmers with climate change issues. Tasmanian climate toolkit resources from this project include:

  • Copy Link Nutrient and effluent management

    Tasmanian effluent advice, services and contacts

    DairyTas Sustainable Farming Adviser, Rachel Brown, can assist with general queries and direct you to specific resources ph. 0409 333 381. DairyTas Office can also assist with queries ph. 03 6432 2233.

    For technical assistance with design of effluent systems, contact the accredited Effluent Designers below. There is no legal requirement to use one of these designers, but they have completed the industry training and have access to the Effluent Design Toolkit software, which is useful for correctly sizing storages, stone traps and other design features.

    Accredited effluent designers
    Current at May 2018
    Please contact designers directly for quotes. Most work statewide.

    • Robin Badcock, based in central North. 0418 133 737
    • Alistair Brooks, Macquarie Franklin, based in south. 0438 476 215
    • James Curran, Macquarie Franklin, based in North. 0407 622 483. Certified Irrigation Designer
    • Sam Dingemanse, CBM, 03 6332 6988
    • Laurie Hooper, AgriTech, based in NW. 0418 560 417
    • Scott Livingston, based in central North. 0438 951 021
    • Peter Poke, based in Circular Head. 0427 522 291. Accredited building designer
    • Steven Smith, AgriTech, based in NW. 0418 594 521

    Machinery contractors with gear to handle effluent

    Contractors with slurry tankers:

    • Andrew Wylie 0418 140 678 statewide
    • Richard Murrell 0418 142 518 statewide

    Contractors with muck spreaders:

    • Kris Davis 0428 561 386 Marrawah to Burnie
    • Michael Nichols 0409 451 430 Woolnorth to Deloraine
    • Andrew Wylie 0418 140 678 statewide
    • Jason Aitken 0417 377 259 statewide


    Farm profitability and sustainability starts with best use of nutrients from fertiliser and effluent. Dairy Australia's Fert$mart project has Tasmanian specific information and guidelines, including:

    • Soil fertility guidelines
    • Research and trials
    • Local case studies in soil and fertiliser management
    • Regional soils information

    Access Tasmanian effluent, nutrient guidelines at Fert$mart.



  • Copy Link Water, soil and biodiversity

    Tasmania's water and soil resources give us our competitive edge in global dairying

    Water information and resources

    Using our water resources sustainably and protecting water quality is critical for the ongoing success of our local industry.

    • Tasmanian irrigation schemes
      Learn about the scheme and buy/trade or order water at Tasmanian Irrigation.
    • Clean Rivers and Tasmanian dairy farms
      Keeping our rivers clean for our families and the environment, Clean rivers fact sheet

    • Video: Dairy Cares for Derwent



    Healthy, productive soils are a key driver of dairy farm profitability in Tasmania’s pasture based systems and dairy farmers are becoming more strategic in their use of fertilisers and effluent because effluent is a key part of soil management on dairy farms. DairyTas recommends regular soil testing and an understanding of nutrient budgeting to help maintain your farm's soil health.

    Understand the Soil Quality in your region
    Biological, chemical and physical data on the soil quality in your region of Tasmania on the Soil Quality website.

    Soil Health
    The complete guide to soil including latest research and training visit the Soil Health website.



Dairy Feed tools

Dairy Feed Tools is a complete feed management toolset for dairy farmers and managers. Feed planning, cost and resource management backed by Australian feed and pasture data to most accurately reflect the needs of your herd

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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