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Thomas Snare

Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner

Thomas Snare, from Boat Harbour in Tasmania, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Dairy Australia. He studied intensive large-scale calf rearing (dairy beef) and lean management.

Thomas is farm manager of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Dairy Research Facility for the University of Tasmania. They milk 360 cows on the 220-hectare property and all replacements are reared and raised on farm. He is also responsible for pasture and stock management on the family grazing property, which consists of up to 320-head of dairy heifer agistment and beef breeding/finishing and runs a pasture measurement contract business.

Thomas believes there is the opportunity to value-add to the currently expanding dairy industry by rearing Friesian bull calves.

“Dairy beef represents a far more efficient production system in comparison to conventional beef production – I wanted to find more productive options than slaughtering high genetic merit bulls at a young age,” he explains.

Thomas also researched how the concept of lean management can be applied in agriculture.

“This concept, based on the Toyota production system, is used by manufacturing to eliminate waste and drive continuous improvement,” he says.

Thomas visited New Zealand, Europe, USA, Canada and Japan to complete his studies.

Location: Boat Harbour, Tasmania
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