Improve Productivity and Profitability

A multifaceted approach will be taken to improve on-farm productivity and build resilience of livestock businesses through better decision making.

The Red Meat and Wool Growth Program is supporting an extension-based program demonstrating how technology, data, and improved business acumen can drive productivity and efficiency gains.

Components of the pillar include:

Producer Technology Groups

Producer Technology Group activities will upskill and provide the opportunity for livestock producers to support each other in the implementation and practical application of precision livestock management technologies

The aim of the Producer Technology Groups is to:

  • Explore and share experiences and knowledge on ways precision livestock management technologies can be used.
  • Learn from experts on how technologies could assist you to improve productivity, efficiency and profitability in your business.
  • Support producer members to implement and apply technology to improve productivity and profitability.

Precision livestock management technologies include (but are not limited to) individual animal electronic identification (EID), automatic drafters and handlers, and telemetry (e.g. remote monitoring of livestock, water and/or pastures).

Each group will be facilitated by livestock consultants with the support of technical experts.

Expressions of Interest have now closed.

Livestock Enterprise Planning Panel

A Panel will be established to deliver a Livestock Enterprise Planning (LEP) program to producers. The aim of the LEP is to provide livestock producers with the knowledge and skills required to take their business to the next level, and improve productivity and profitability. This includes assisting with identifying training, professional development, and technology investment opportunities.

A key output from the LEP is a Business and Technology Action Plan. This Plan will be a key assessment criteria for producers wishing to access the Livestock Enterprise Action Plan Incentive    (to be announced in early to mid-2020).

Industry Service Provider Upskilling

Wool buyers, brokers, livestock agents and consultants will be given the opportunity to improve their awareness on how technologies, such electronic identification (eID), can be used to continuously monitor farm animals and their immediate environments, and how this data can be used to make informed production decisions on-farm. Upskilling these service providers will ensure red meat and wool producers are fully supported in the implementation of Precision Livestock Management (PLM) technologies and data-based decision making on their properties.

For producers, the incorporation of PLM technologies, and the subsequent data generated, has the potential to lead to better informed management decisions and improved economic outcomes. Data has the potential to help producers identify top performing animals and inform management decisions – which is particularly important when faced with seasonal setbacks or market variability.

The first of the industry service provider upskilling workshops was held in Lucindale on 26 February. It was specifically designed to provide wool buyers and brokers an opportunity to view an operational eID system on a wool property.

Media Release – Upskilling Livestock Producers on New Technologies

Livestock Technology Expos

Held biannually, the expos aim to highlight the latest livestock technology innovations, demonstrate technology that is readily available to producers, and facilitate the adoption and use of technology by beef, wool and sheep producers to increase business efficiency, profitability and productivity.

Tech-talks will include presentations on:

  • economics of implementing livestock technology
  • implementation of electronic Identification (eID) for profitability and productivity
  • cattle and sheep yard design
  • livestock best practice demonstration farms
  • telemetry.

There will also be a number of trade displays including:

  • precision livestock management (eID equipment)
  • farm management systems (livestock handling equipment and farm software)
  • remote sensing technology (telemetry).

These events will be co-funded by Meat and Livestock Australia, Sheep Connect SA/ Australian Wool Innovation and the Sheep and Cattle Industry Funds.

Due to COVID-19 regulations now in force, the Livestock Technology Expo planned for 7 April at Struan has been postponed. The Red Meat and Wool Growth Program Team will be investigating alternative delivery methods and post updates to this page as information becomes available.

For further information, please contact: michael.wurst@sa.gov.au

Best Practice Demonstration Farms

Run in collaboration with Elders, this joint project is aimed at demonstrating best practice farm management, including technology support in order to increase the productivity and profitability of livestock farming in South Australia. The demonstration farms are located in Straun and Kybybolite.

The project aims to:

  • increase the productivity and profitability of the farms using world's best practice technologies and management in order to increase the productivity and profitability of livestock farming in South Australia
  • document and communicate the improvements in physical and financial performance
  • demonstrate the use and value of new products and management options in a farm system
  • identify key farm decisions and processes that can be supported by AgTech
  • demonstrate available AgTech products to enhance adoption by industry.

Through demonstrating and tracking the impacts of these changes, the project will drive best practice adoption across the industry to increase production and profitability.

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