Farming Systems: Beyond Production Technologies for Dairy RD&E

Teixeira, S. R., Ross, A. H. and Cowan, R. T. (2003). Farming Systems: Beyond Production Technologies for Dairy RD&E. In: Brett Robinson, Proceedings of the 1st Australian Farming systems Conference. 1st Australian Farming Systems Conference, Toowoomba, (). 7-11 September 2003.

Author Teixeira, S. R.
Ross, A. H.
Cowan, R. T.
Title of paper Farming Systems: Beyond Production Technologies for Dairy RD&E
Conference name 1st Australian Farming Systems Conference
Conference location Toowoomba
Conference dates 7-11 September 2003
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 1st Australian Farming systems Conference
Place of Publication Toowoomba
Publisher Australian Farming Systems Association
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN not found
Editor Brett Robinson
Total pages not found
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The challenge of Research, Development and Extension (R,D&E) is to apply agricultural science to serve the real needs of production systems. The ideal is to have community partnerships involving a variety of stakeholders with equal representation, and a sharing in the design of R, D&E actions. R,D&E policy in Australia is stressing the participation of industry in new projects. The Dairy Research and Development Corporation (DRDC) in Australia, and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation for Dairy (Embrapa Dairy), have developed initiatives to identify priorities for R,D&E design with participation of the industry. However, weaknesses in the methods have been identified. The present study describes the results of a strategy to involve a broader range of stakeholders in the identification of regional dairy industry needs. The findings show that overall communication, finance and marketing as the three major priorities of three study regions, meaning that primary needs for the industry are not in production technologies. This is an apparent contradiction with what some stakeholders considered valuable for dairy farms, which are pasture, genetics and nutrition technologies. The results reflect the large amount of research activity into production technology, and the relative success of R,D&E. However, it is necessary to consider issues beyond production technologies before developing R,D&E projects or presenting technologies.
Subjects E1
309999 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
630104 Dairy cattle
079999 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified
070203 Animal Management
Q-Index Code E1

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