The CRC for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) have announced the three Australian cattle stations that have been chosen to pioneer the remote livestock management system of the future. Read the media release to find out more.
This project will develop new management tools that integrate precision animal data with precision spatial data to match livestock performance to environmental conditions, leading to more efficient pastoral management. The project will also encourage adoption of the systems and technologies to remote pastoral enterprises.
Existing technologies to decrease costs and increase profits for pastoral enterprises include precision animal management, individual animal identification and ‘Walk over Weighing’ systems, automatic drafting of animals by ID or weight, and software that processes data into useful management updates.
This project will develop new management tools that deliver precision spatial data to match livestock performance to environmental conditions for more efficient pastoral management.
This project is highly innovative as the delivery of regular remote-sensed groundcover products for pastoral managers in rangeland landscapes has never before been attempted.
The link between groundcover change and stock performance is new and an area of technological challenge for the research. An additional challenge in this project is the adoption pathway for the research products, as the systems and technologies proposed are generally new to remote pastoral enterprises.
The project will be conducted in partnership with state and territory government agencies, pastoral producers, pastoral companies, pastoral industry organisations, and businesses in the communications technology, engineering and software sectors and several research organisations.
The pathway to usage of research outputs will be through demonstration at field sites where the management tools are operating.
The product of the project isa software Precision Pastoralism Management System (PPMS) that operates at a resolution, and on a geographic scale that allows pastoralists to integrate precision animal data with precision spatial data to match livestock performance to environmental conditions, leading to more efficient pastoral enterprises.
The PPMS will improve decision making on large spatial scales in relation to environmental variability resulting in greater control over groundcover (feed) and stocking rate responsiveness. The benefits of a successful result in this research will be:
- improved decision making and reduced costs of monitoring and evaluating land cover information
- better control over groundcover with ability to monitor trends and avoidance of unwanted conditions
- improved decision making on animal condition, resulting in better market price
- reduced operating costs and improved occupational health and safety from less physical monitoring of remote assets
- managers with more time to optimise their business performance.