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Dairy Australia introduces program to help farmers achieve long-term goals

'Our Farm, Our Plan' has been developed by Dairy Australia with support from Dairy NZ and the Gardiner Foundation and is designed to help farmers answer some of the big questions, clarify business and personal goals, and prioritise what to do next.

 

For a 12-month period, farmers receive support to put their plan on a page and get everyone in their business on the same page. Dairy Australia farm performance lead Neil Webster said research had shown that when goals were documented people's commitment increased and they were more likely to carry through with the actions needed to achieve their goals.

  • Led by

    Dairy Australia

  • In collaboration with

    Dairy NZ & The Gardiner Foundation

  • Published

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021

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New England Merino Lifetime Productivity online field day

The recent New England Field Day was converted from an in-person, on-site experience to an online event featuring the 2018 drop and 2017 drop MLP ewes. A launch webinar and website showcasing sire progeny inspection videos and results, along with a site seasonal overview and associated Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) and New England research updates, will now be available online for the life of the MLP project

  • Led by

    Australian Wool Innovation

  • In collaboration with

    Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association

  • Published

    Monday, 01 March 2021

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Vaccine researchers striking back against flystrike

Australian Wool Innovation is now two years into a major four-year preliminary research project to help develop a commercial vaccine that will protect sheep right across Australia from the Australian sheep blowfly. This $2.5 million collaborative project has achieved much in its first two years. Here, CSIRO project leader Tony Vuocolo provides woolgrowers with an update on his particular area of research on the project.

  • Led by

    Australian Wool Innovation

  • In collaboration with

    CSIRO

  • Published

    Monday, 01 March 2021

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Largest worldwide study of animal gut health now completed

The ‘Study of gut microbiota of laying hens from different production systems’ or simply, the ‘gut health’ project has recently been completed. To our knowledge, this is the most detailed and thorough study of the gut microbiota ever undertaken in any animal species.

 

This research recognised the importance of gut microbiota in the productivity of layer flocks and provided comprehensive information on the typical baseline composition of gut microbiota in healthy layer hens in cage, barn, and free range production systems.

 

  • Led by

    Australian Eggs

  • Published

    Monday, 01 March 2021

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Resilient plants on the range

Plants (ground cover and trees) grown on free range layer farms provide a vital role by enriching the outdoor range and creating an attractive area for hens to go outdoors and explore. However, specific information on what to grow and how to go about sowing pastures and planting trees/shrubs is not easy to find for free range egg farmers, with material spread across many and varied sources.

 

Therefore, the main aim of the project was to consolidate agronomic information on the how and what to plant while also taking into consideration the main climatic zones of Australia.

  • Led by

    Australian Eggs

  • Published

    Monday, 01 March 2021

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Ocean farmed seaweed harvests underway

This year marks Australia’s first harvests of commercial-grade, farmed ocean seaweeds – the first in September, the second in November. Both harvests, in Tasmania, have occurred under the auspices of the Seaweed Solutions Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P), funded through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.  

  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Published

    Monday, 01 March 2021

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Making hay while the FieldExplorer shines: New cutting edge technology to grow the oaten hay sector

A new application of imaging technology is set to revolutionise the way the oaten hay industry determines yield potential and quality in-crop, producing a wave of potential opportunities and benefits up and down the value chain.

  • Led by

    Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) and South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

  • In collaboration with

    Australian Plant Phenomics Facility and AgriFutures Australia

  • Published

    Tuesday, 23 February 2021

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Prawn fishery counts its natural capital

Natural capital accounting can help fisheries businesses assess the risks and opportunities associated with the ecosystem assets they rely on. 

 

A new study is looking at the prawn-producing habitat in the estuary – made up of saltmarsh, seagrasses and mangroves – with a view to understanding how this natural capital supports the fishery’s productivity and to value its contribution through the use of natural capital accounting.

  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Author

    Dyani Lewis

  • Published

    Wednesday, 03 February 2021

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Forage Value Index worth investigating for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers who have chosen to renovate perennial pastures this autumn are encouraged to use Dairy Australia's Forage Value Index (FVI) to select the right ryegrass for their farm and ensure they are making the best decisions for the year ahead. 

 

The FVI enables farmers to select perennial ryegrass cultivars that will deliver the best possible pasture based on their location, farming system and forage needs. 

  • Led by

    Dairy Australia

  • Published

    Tuesday, 02 February 2021

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Sound analysis expands its reach

An extension of the acoustic network around the Australian coastline is set to provide new information about tagged fish and other marine species, helping to improve fisheries management.

 

Dotted around Australia’s extensive coastline are hundreds of acoustic marine receivers – listening stations that form part of a national network, tracking the progress of tagged marine animals as they travel to feed, breed and play.

  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Author

    Catherine Norwood

  • Published

    Monday, 01 February 2021

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Innovative plastic mulch alternative set to increase crop water productivity by 30%

CSIRO’s latest invention, TranspiratiONal, a spray-on polymer membrane will help farmers increase crop yield and save water, but with fewer inputs and less environmental impact.

 

Farmers across the world have used plastic mulch films to intensify crop production since the 1960s. Applying a thin plastic film to rows of crops has proven short-term benefits, boosting yields by moderating soil temperature, maintaining soil moisture and reducing weed competition. TranspiratiONal, a Sprayable Biodegradable Polymer Membrane (SBPM) technology is CSIRO’s response to this global challenge.

  • Led by

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

  • Author

    Casey Dunn

  • Published

    Wednesday, 20 January 2021

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Tuna story to inspire new generation of fishers

The remarkable story behind the recovery of Southern Bluefin Tuna from an endangered species to a globally sustainable fishery is told in a recently released Australian documentary. 

 

The combined efforts of Australian science, industry innovation and community education have been showcased in the documentary Life on the line − The story of the Southern Bluefin Tuna, which tells the story of how these highly prized, temperate ocean dwellers were brought back from the brink of commercial extinction.

  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Published

    Tuesday, 19 January 2021

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Multi pronged strategy targets invasive urchins

A coalition of research, government and industry partners is working to bring invasive sea urchins under control in Tasmania, with a mix of biological and market solutions. 

 

The Shortspined Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) occurs naturally in Tasmanian waters and exists in harmony with the local ecosystem. However, the Longspined Sea Urchin is an unwelcome visitor, and a badly behaved one at that.  

  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Author

    Larissa Dubecki

  • Published

    Monday, 04 January 2021

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Easy as 1, 2 3 …. 4, 5, 6

Sugar Research Australia has worked with local industry in the Rocky Point region to develop sustainable nutrient management guidelines for that area, helping improve profitability and sustainability.

 

Father and son team Larry and Ben Spann grow sugarcane on about 200 hectares of lease country in the Rocky Point region near Norwell in southeast Queensland.

 

They see a solid future for the industry to the point where they are developing more country for planting. However, at the same time, they are also acutely aware that the low sugar price means that they must be efficient with their inputs and reduce costs. 

  • Led by

    Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

  • Published

    Sunday, 03 January 2021

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MLA funded BladeStop: a safety success story

MLA funded BladeStop technology is now bringing huge safety benefits for workers in processing plants across 25 countries. 

  • BladeStop band saw safety system has reached a milestone of 1,000 units installed in processor plants across the world.
  • Developed by Machinery Automation and Robotics (now a part of Scott Technology) with funding from the MLA Donor Company, the technology reduces the risk of serious injury for workers by mechanically stopping the blade when the unit senses that the operator has come into contact.
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Author

    Lindsay Kasprowicz

  • Published

    Friday, 01 January 2021

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Bringing high tech horticulture to urban areas in Australia – rooftop, underground and floating farms

Hort Innovation is working with a consortium, led by agricultural consultancy RMCG in partnership with University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and global urban agriculture consultancy Agritecture, to assess the potential of emerging production technology and its application in the Australian urban landscape as part of a six-month project. 

 

The benefits to growers and Australia by use of technology such as vertical farm systems and hydroponics is food production and delivery systems that have the potential to redefine horticulture by optimising yield, quality, and supply.

  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Published

    Thursday, 17 December 2020

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New app to stop little cotton pests flying under the radar

Near impossible to identify and count with the naked eye, silverleaf whitefly has increased in prevalence in recent years.

 

To make identification easier, University of Southern Queensland researchers Dr Alison McCarthy and Dr Derek Long, in collaboration with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries researcher Dr Paul Grundy, are developing a new artificial intelligence smartphone app with funding from the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • In collaboration with

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (DAFQ)

  • Published

    Friday, 11 December 2020

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Tree genomics program sequences 300 macadamia varieties to improve productivity and profitability for growers

The National Tree Genomics program is in the final stages of sequencing over 300 macadamia wild and cultivated varieties.

 

The national program harnesses cutting-edge genetic technologies for the benefit of Australian horticultural tree crop industries. New tools are currently being developed that will equip Australian plant breeders to deliver new varieties with key productivity and profitability traits. New tools will also stem from this program for growers to enhance farm productivity.

  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Published

    Friday, 11 December 2020

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Breeding efforts enhance production for Sydney Rock Oysters

Greater control over breeding processes is producing faster-growing, fatter and more resilient Sydney Rock Oysters, helping the native species gain ground in the marketplace. 

 

  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Author

    Dyani Lewis

  • Published

    Monday, 07 December 2020

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Numnuts gears up for investors to accelerate commercialisation

A Scottish agritech startup is set to transform one of the world’s most common sheep husbandry practices. To potential investors, it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often.

 

The challenge was how to create a tool that farmers themselves could safely use to deliver the dose to where it was needed, at the same time the ring was applied, and in a single procedure. Solving that would help solve one of the greatest challenges in modern sheep husbandry.

  • Author

    Casey Dunn

  • Published

    Thursday, 19 November 2020

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