Groups in­volved in na­tional re­search

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Ararat district farm­ing groups will be part of three-year na­tional tri­als to ex­plore the best ways in re­gional ar­eas to op­ti­mise feed bases and boost live­stock pro­duc­tion.

Wil­laura Best Wool Best Lamb group and Peren­nial Pas­ture Sys­tems are among or­gan­i­sa­tions in Vic­to­ria, NSW, West­ern Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia to re­ceive up to $25,000 for pro­jects as part of a 201718 Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia Pro­ducer Demon­stra­tions Sites, PDS, pro­gram.

The pro­gram cov­ers seven pro­jects.

The Wil­laura group plans to in­ves­ti­gate how tem­po­rary fenc­ing can re­duce paddock size and ewe mob size dur­ing lamb­ing to bet­ter man­age ewe nutri­tion and en­hance lamb sur­vival.

Peren­nial Pas­ture Sys­tems group will trial high-pro­duc­tion an­nual for­age op­tions in peren­nial graz­ing sys­tems on the farms of 12 mem­bers, with the aim of boost­ing lamb pro­duc­tion sys­tems.

All PDS pro­jects 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 man­ager Michael Crow­ley said the PDS pro­gram was de­signed to help re­duce the time lag be­tween tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and on­farm adop­tion.

He said farm­ing sys­tems groups were ideally placed to co-or­di­nate the de­mon­stra­tion sites to as­sess prac­tices that would suit their re­gion’s spe­cific en­vi­ron­men­tal, sea­sonal and farm­ing sys­tem con­sid­er­a­tions.

“Es­tab­lish­ing these sites helps pro­duc­ers 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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