$35 mil­lion pledged for new re­search projects

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

SOME $35 mil­lion will be spent over the next five years look­ing at ways for farm­ers to get the most out of their liveli­hood.

From ex­pand­ing feed base op-tions to in­creas­ing feed ef­fi­ciency in live­stock, the 11 new re­search projects were an­nounced last month un­der the Live­stock Pro­duc­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship (LPP).

The LPP is a col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) part­ner­ship in­volv­ing MLA Donor Com­pany (MDC), NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries, Univer­sity of New Eng­land and the CSIRO. The 11 R&D projects in­clude: dual-pur­pose crops for lamb pro­duc­tion in north­ern NSW; im­prov­ing the use of for­age bras­si­cas in mixed farm­ing sys­tems; novel dual pur­pose peren­nial ce­re­als for graz­ing; in­creas­ing live­stock pro­duc­tion by in­te­grat­ing trop­i­cal pas­tures into farm­ing sys­tems; ex­tend­ing the bound­aries of legume adap­ta­tion through bet­ter soil man­age­ment in high rain­fall zones; phos­pho­rus man­age­ment and re­quire­ments of trop­i­cal legume pas­ture swards;

peren­nial pas­ture and for­age com­bi­na­tions to ex­tend sum­mer feed in south­ern NSW;

op­ti­mis­ing nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ment use in Aus­tralia’s north­ern beef in­dus­try;

im­prov­ing profit from pas­ture through in­creased feed ef-fi­ciency;

re­vise Aus­tralian feed­ing stan­dards to bet­ter achieve

de­vel­op­ing a frame­work for tac­ti­cal de­ci­sion mak­ing to ad-dress feed deficits.

$35 MIL­LION PLEDGED: Some $35 mil­lion has been pledged on new projects, in­clud­ing look­ing at dual pur­pose crops for in­creased lamb pro­duc­tion.

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