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Using a participatory approach to refining and prioritising recommendations for future extension delivery in the Tasmanian dairy industry

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Hall, A ORCID: 0000-0002-6901-6225, Turner, L ORCID: 0000-0001-8954-7069 and Kilpatrick, S ORCID: 0000-0003-2473-9814 2018 , 'Using a participatory approach to refining and prioritising recommendations for future extension delivery in the Tasmanian dairy industry' , Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, vol. 14, no. 2 , pp. 43-52 .

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Abstract

Supporting dairy farmers to develop pasture management knowledge and skills through implementation of best practice recommendations has been a priority for research, development and extension in the Tasmanian dairy industry. Many farmers have not engaged with extension, and/or have not implemented recommended pasture management practices. The purpose of this study was to refine and prioritise recommendations for future extension and pasture management activities from a survey of 162 Tasmanian dairy farmers that identified current practices and extension engagement, and in-depth, qualitative interviews with 30 of these farmers that explored factors influencing adoption and engagement behaviours. Preliminary recommendations for developing future extension activities were drafted from these studies. A modified Delphi technique and survey invited these 30 farmers to prioritise the recommendations. Highest priority recommendations include: introducing different levels of pasture management training relative to experience; identifying and targeting farmers motivating values; and their requirement for ongoing, on-farm support to apply pasture management information and principles.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hall, A and Turner, L and Kilpatrick, S
Keywords: adoption, engagement, extension, pasture management, recommendations
Journal or Publication Title: Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal
Publisher: Australasia Pacific Extension Network
ISSN: 2204-8758
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Copyright 2018 APEN

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