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PA - Pasture Selection Tool Management Service
Summary Pastures Australia (PA) commissioned CSIRO to develop a pasture selection tool in January 2007. With considerable input and assistance from State agencies the project was completed in 2009. Although the tool has been launched and had reasonable industry exposure there will be an ongoing need for it to be updated and upgraded if it is to remain useful across the whole supply chain.
Proposed management of the tool involves two elements, one mandatory and the other is optional at the discretion of the Pastures Australia Management Committee.

1) Website content management

Two key focus areas include:
a. Review and update of the species list (currently 125 temperate and tropical),
both additions and deletions as appropriate, and management of content contained within each species listed including new and discontinued lines.

b. Maintenance of industry links to the website to ensure proper functionality.
This will primarily involve seed company links but will also include synergistic links in the form of complimentary tools to the information provided by the Pasture Picker.

2) Industry education

The Pasture Picker has potential application right across the supply chain including, but not limited to, the following sectors:

Secondary and tertiary agriculture education institutions
State & national agricultural agencies
Independent advisor groups
Rural finance organisations
Agricultural merchandise companies
Pasture inputs companies – seed, fertiliser, inoculants & chemicals
Farmer groups

(2)Coordination of Pasture Picker workshops with these groups for the purpose of education and feedback may be a component of the management brief
Program Pasture Seeds
Research organisation SD and CV Burge
Objective summary Continue uptake and training of the Pastures Selection tool.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Project completion date Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal PSE-Improved industry knowledge with data, extension and communication
Principal researcher Stuart Burge
Research manager Michael Beer
Admin contact Stuart Burge