$35 million pledged for new research projects
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.