Re­gional stock tri­als

Shepparton News - Country News - - LIVESTOCK NEWS -

Re­gion­ally spe­cific tac­tics to op­ti­mise feed­bases and boost live­stock re­pro­duc­tion will be tri­alled at sites across Aus­tralia in the next three years.

Groups in NSW, Vic­to­ria, Western Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia have re­ceived up to $25 000 for seven dif­fer­ent projects as part of the Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia’s Pro­ducer De­mon­stra­tion Sites (PDS) pro­gram in 2017-18.

The PDS projects will be run in con­junc­tion with lead­ing farm­ing sys­tems groups and will in­ves­ti­gate, de­velop and en­cour­age adop­tion of strate­gies to im­prove sheep and cat­tle per­for­mance and busi­ness prof­its for group mem­bers and other lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

MLA pro­ducer con­sul­ta­tion and adop­tion gen­eral man­ager Michael Crow­ley said the PDS pro­gram was de­signed to re­duce the time lag be­tween tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and on-farm adop­tion.

‘‘Estab­lish­ing these sites helps pro­duc­ers to re­alise the ben­e­fits from the prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of new tech­nolo­gies and in­sti­ga­tion of in­no­va­tive man­age­ment ideas rel­e­vant to their pro­duc­tion sys­tem and lo­ca­tion,’’ Mr Crow­ley said.

‘‘This leads to higher rates of adop­tion of new re­search and man­age­ment strate­gies that ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to a busi­ness bot­tom line through re­duc­ing costs or im­prov­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity.’’

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