Implementing grazing best management practice through demonstrating how timely management decisions enhance pastures, groundcover, soils, land condition, business profitability and adaptability. Managing cattle production in the rangelands of northern Queensland is a challenging job.
E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland aims to support producers by showing how technology can support timely management decisions that enhance pastures, groundcover, soils, land condition, business profitability and adaptability.
E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland will establish on-ground, regionally relevant smart farms using innovative technology to enhance grazing management.
The project will include a comprehensive extension program to accelerate the uptake of whole-of-business grazing best management that when adopted will improve the natural resource base and profitability of beef enterprises. Extension professionals will partner with collaborators to maximize impact and ensure industry relevance.
Graziers will have the opportunity to see, touch and discuss the application of new and innovative technologies that will improve their grazing and land management, profitability and adaptability at demonstration E-Beef Smart Farms and E-Beef innovation hubs.
E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland commenced in August 2018.
E-BEEF SMART FARMING NORTHERN QUEENSLAND
At the core of the project is the establishment of E-Beef Smart Farms in each of the three northern Queensland NRM regions – Southern Gulf, Northern Gulf and Desert Channels. The E-Beef Smart Farms will be a focus for demonstration and extension activities.
E-Beef Smart Farms will demonstrate that groundcover, land condition, animal performance and marketing are intrinsically linked, and that business resilience is strengthened through integrated management of both natural resources and animal production.
Two properties per region will be selected to become E-Beef Smart Farms. The project will fund installation of Tru-Test Remote walk over weighing (WOW) technology adjacent to a water point in a commercial paddock to regularly record cattle weights. Liveweight and satellite ground cover data will be reported weekly to allow graziers to better understand the relationship between cattle weights and pasture levels. Results will be shared as part of the project’s extension program.
Business analysis using the AgriHive FarmEcco system will be a component of the Smart Farms’ activities. Graziers interested in joining Smart Farms Innovation Hubs will also participate in the business analysis and have weekly access to liveweight and cover data. Members of the Innovation Hubs will be linked “virtually” by the provision of data and through FarmEcco.
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – E-BEEF TECHNOLOGY TRAILS
The E-Beef project is currently seeking expressions of interest from Landholders or Commercial Providers to implement new technology to support the project. This may include anything from implementing new methods to track stock such as GPS monitoring devices, to finding new ways to connect to the network.
The type of support includes:
• up to $50,000
• use of existing project staff to help establish contacts with landholders and implement the trials
• access to a range of extension opportunities including field days and videos
All proposed trials must be in the Southern Gulf, Northern Gulf or Desert Channels regions.
Applications close 14th October 2019.
For further information and how to apply click on the below link:
Contact Officer – Andrew Burrows
Phone: 0427 427 966 | Email: [email protected]
For more information about E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland please visit the Southern Gulf NRM, Desert Channel Queensland and Northern Gulf Resource Management Group websites.
E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland project is led by Southern Gulf NRM partnering with Desert Channels Queensland, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. This project is funded under the Australian Government’s Smart Farming Partnerships program, administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.