EverGraze: A partnership between researchers, farmers and advisors to deliver effective grassland management

Warwick Badgery, Kate Sargeant, Michael Friend, Scott Glyde, Paul Sanford, Ralph Behrendt, Meredith Mitchell, Sean Murphy, Angela Avery

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    The profitable and sustainable management of livestock production from grassland systems is challenging and it can be difficult to develop a research structure that addresses farmer’s needs and has acceptable rigour and on-ground impact. This paper describes the attributes of research, development and extension (RD&E) programs that are required for a successful partnership between researchers, farmers and advisors. Insights are provided from the EverGraze program that designed, tested and implemented farming systems based on perennial pastures across southern Australia. With this project farmers and advisors were involved in setting research direction, designing experiments, providing strategic guidance over the management of the systems experiments and then the synthesis of regionally applicable key messages. This involvement ensured the relevance of the research and aided in the extension and uptake of the information. The result has been an effective partnership between researchers, farmers and advisors that had a high level of impact across the high rainfall zone (HRZ) of southern Australia, with1950 farmers or ~8% of those in the HRZ documented as having changed practice over an area of 816,000 ha over a five year period (2009 to 2014).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 23rd International Grassland Congress
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event23rd International Grassland Congress - New Delhi, India
    Duration: 20 Nov 201524 Nov 2015
    https://web.archive.org/web/20151109200943/http://igc2015.org/ (Archived conference webpage)
    https://www.internationalgrasslands.org/files/igc/publications/2015/plenary-lectures.pdf (Published proceedings)


    Conference23rd International Grassland Congress
    Abbreviated titleSustainable use of grassland resources for forage production, biodiversity and environmental protection
    CityNew Delhi
    Internet address


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