Dr James Hills

Senior Research Fellow, TIA

Dr James Hills

Senior Research Fellow, TIA

Dr James Hills is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, where he is the Research and Development leader for dairy. He currently leads a team of researchers focusing on research in the areas of feedbase, animal nutrition, biophysical and farm-system modelling and precision agriculture and new technologies relevant to temperate pasture-based dairy systems. He has a particular interest in variability in farming systems and the use of technology for measuring and managing this variability to improve the efficiency and sustainability of production.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.2 – E5.3

When: Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 14.00 – 14.30

Abstract Outline: A national irrigation project called ‘Smarter Irrigation for profit’ has been initiated to examine irrigation practices in cotton, dairy, rice and sugar. The dairy component has focused on collecting data on water use, energy use and pasture production from five sites across Tasmania. This data is being used to assist farmers to make changes to improve water use efficiency and continued monitoring will enable the success of these changes to be measured. This presentation will look at a number of case studies highlighting the effects of poor irrigation scheduling practices on pasture growth rates and the cost of getting it wrong – a phenomena referred to as the ‘green drought’.

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