The enormous productivity of Dorset is underpinned by a number of large irrigation schemes, including the Winnaleah Irrigation Scheme (piped under pressure from the Cascade and Frome Dams), the Ringarooma Irrigation Scheme, and the Headquarters Road Dam on the Great Forester River. Future plans include a scheme to bring water to the significant coastal plains areas, which will enable further growth particularly in dairying.
Dorset is renowned for having fertile basalt soils. Combined with average rainfalls of approximately 984 mm (higher in more elevated areas), mean temperatures of 7-17oC, and good solar exposure, we have a proven record in crop production.
Nearby wineries produce some of the finest Tasmanian wines, and there are huge tracts of land within Dorset that are ideally suited to expansion of this industry.
The local climate has also enabled niche industries to develop around existing mainland markets, such as early-season rhubarb, in turn providing an opportunity for downstream processing of byproduct into a range of goods, including Rhu Bru cordials, syrups and preserves.