Application of New Technology in the Dairy Industry (ADIS Supplementary), Year Ending June 2005 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
The survey is designed to collect information on the management practices and technology used by Australian dairy farmers that enables: a dataset to be developed of existing uses of technology and how use differs between regions; profiles to be developed of farms using different technologies and management practices by linking survey results to the broader dairy industry survey collection of physical and financial farm data; and Dairy Australia to determine which states or regions they could target to promote the use of new technologies and management practices.
Collection of data on the use of technology and farm management practices since 1991-92 has provided the Australian dairy industry with the opportunity to identify the characteristics of farms that adopt various technologies and analyse the potential for further adoption of particular technologies. Insights gained from this research facilitate the development of effective strategies for managing the adoption of new technologies, thereby ensuring that the industry is able to capture more of the benefits that these technologies can provide.
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How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? What are the target RSEs for the survey? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
A sample of 300 dairy farmers will be asked questions on their current farm management practices. Areas covered include equipment used, feeding regimes, fodder conservation techniques, soil testing practices, water use (conservation and drainage) and dairy herd management. Additional questions are asked on change capacity and future intentions in the industry.
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The main constraint is cost.
Target RSE’s are 1-2% at a national level and 2-8% at state level. These RSE’s are acceptable for the accuracy of data outputs.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
As this supplementary is part of a continuing survey and changes between cycles are minimal pilot testing is not be necessary.
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The questionnaire is finalised and is currently being programmed into the CAPI system.
Collection will commence with ADIS on 18 July 2005. All interviews will be in person and normally on the cooperators farm. The collection is scheduled to finish on 18 November 2005.
For logistical reasons ADIS (and this supplementary) is scheduled to be collected in conjunction with ABARE’s main Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey.
Preliminary results will be available for the National Outlook Conference in March 2006.