R&D step change for the Dairy Industry – Matthew Playford

Strategic Bovine Services P/L

  • Project code: PRJ-004598

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Monday, May 25, 2009

  • Project completion date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

  • National Priority: FCR-Production of high-quality export-grade fodder


1. Terms of reference
1.1. Consider current needs, resources and opportunities in the dairy fodder/pasture sector – fodder/pasture crops to consider will include cereals, sorghum and sorghum hybrids, pennisetums, maize, annual ryegrasses, clover crops, lucerne, brasiccas and a number of minor crops eg surra, peas, lab lab etc
1.2. Without considering budget constraints, suggest advances that would achieve ‘step change’ in fodder/ pasture production or utilisation
1.3. Make a list of current and completed projects in line with the above points, and those that have not yet been done.
1.4. Tabulate the strategic drivers, including short and long-term trends
1.5. Provide estimates of risk, cost and benefit to the dairy industry for those not currently being done


Export Fodder

Research Organisation

Strategic Bovine Services P/L

Objective Summary

2. Methodology
2.1. Literature review
2.2. Think tank among consultant partners including overseas collaborators
2.3. Consultation with dairy farmers, industry professionals and researchers
2.4. Quantitative analysis as necessary