Originating as a viticultural college, DEDJTR Rutherglen has played a fundamental role in agricultural research and extension for well over a century. Historically, the institute has been a key player in research into phylloxera, prime lamb, grain legumes, acid soil management, sustainable farming systems, landscape-scale modelling and agricultural practice change.
The site includes farm land with state-of-the-art sheep handling facilities, extensive office buildings, laboratories, glasshouses, conference facilities, historic buildings and an automated Bureau of Meteorology weather station.
A wide range of research is conducted at Rutherglen and includes computer modelling the potential impacts of climate variability, phylloxera research, nutrient management of dairy systems, red meat research (linked to DEDJTR Hamilton), sheep nucleus flocks, and understanding smoke-taint in vineyards. The site also has a major focus on delivery of meat, wool and beef extension programs. There are several staff members in state-wide roles in regulation and compliance, along with research managers responsible for delivery of state-wide programs.
Contact DEDJTR Rutherglen
DEDJTR Rutherglen Centre
124 Chiltern Valley Rd
Rutherglen VIC 3685
Phone: (02) 6030 4500
Fax: (02) 6030 4600