The E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland will support producers in using technology to make timely management decisions that enhance pastures, groundcover, soils, land condition, business profitability and adaptability. The project is run as a partnership between 3 Natural Resource Management bodies – Southern Gulf, Northern Gulf and Desert Channels Queensland along with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The project is funded through Australian Government’s Smart Farming Partnerships program, and by the Queensland Government’s Drought and Climate Adaptation Program.
A core part of the project includes working with six smart farms across three NRM regions to see how liveweight data can be used with satellite pasture data. Two smart farms are located in each of the NRM regions –with the below map shows the location of these smart farms. The combination of liveweight and satellite pasture data can allows landholders to manage pasture and cattle growth rates more effectively with real time data.
Each of these smart farms has a surrounding innovation hub, or group of 6 or so landholders, that will share ideas for improving grazing practices. This will include sharing ideas about how liveweight data helps in real time decision making, but also about improving financial profitability using the new Agrihive financial reporting software.
The project will also investigate other new technology that can help with decision making in grazing enterprises. To date the project is looking at mobile walk over weigh technology and new water point sensors that can help track grazing issues in real time.
The project will provide a number of opportunities for landholders to view the findings of the project, involving field days, meetings or webinars. For a snapshot of what the project has achieved since 2019, a range of videos and webinars have been made and can be viewed at the following you tube channel.