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RSA’s Roger Tyshing describes the Discover Ag program that runs in Tasmania and Victoria each year

RSA’s Roger Tyshing describes the Discover Ag program that runs in Tasmania and Victoria each year

We kicked off this year’s Discover Agriculture series with a 3 ½ day Discover Dairying program at the end of March.

This is the second year the program has run and is based on the successes from last year. Very little was changed and it focused on career opportunities in the dairy industry. Discover Dairying was funded in part by Dairy Australia and DairyTas.

Discover Dairying was based in the Circular Head region in Tasmania’s north-west and was attended by 10 students from 10 schools across the state.

Participants visited four dairies of varying sizes, where they saw milk harvesting technologies at work, including robotic milking. They went to the new milk factory at Tasmanian Dairy Products in Smithton and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, where they learned about pasture management. They also visited TasTAFE (National Centre for Dairy Education), the University of Tasmania and AgriTas.

They took part in a wide range of activities, including ‘cups on’ and ‘cups off’ and most of the students indicated they were keen to start a career in the dairy industry. Full coverage