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 $25000 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.’’
■For more information about the MLA PDS program, go to: www.mla.com.au/pds