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E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland – improving pasture and business sustainability through adoption of the latest tools and technologies

Alison, A., Maclean, A., Phelps, D., Burrows, A., Paterson, K. and McLaughlin, J. (2019) E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland – improving pasture and business sustainability through adoption of the latest tools and technologies. In: Proceedings of the Northern Beef Research Update Conference, 19-22 August 2019, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Abstract

Managing cattle production in the rangelands of northern Queensland is a challenging job. E-Beef Smart Farming in Northern Queensland aims to support producers by showing how technology can support timely management decisions that enhance pastures, groundcover, soils, land condition, business profitability and adaptability.
The E-Beef Smart Farm Project, funded by the National Landcare Program, is a collaboration between three northern Queensland Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions – Southern Gulf, Northern Gulf and Desert Channels; in partnership with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and innovative commercial agribusinesses.
The project involves the establishment of six Smart Farm demonstration properties and associated Innovation Hubs (learning groups) to investigate the relationship between weekly averaged live cattle weights; regular satellite data measuring greenness and groundcover; and their impact on a business’s profitability using a business analysis platform over three seasons.
It is demonstrating that groundcover, land condition, animal performance and marketing are intrinsically linked, and that business resilience is strengthened through integrated management of both natural resources and animal production.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Special aspects of agriculture as a whole > Sustainable agriculture
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education > Research. Experimentation
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education > Agricultural extension work
Animal culture > Cattle
Technology > Technology (General)
Deposited On:10 Feb 2020 06:02
Last Modified:10 Feb 2020 06:02

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