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Automation of feed bunk management

A new Meat & Livestock Australia project funded by grainfed levies is investigating automation of feed bunk management and has seen the development of a prototype sensor system to determine feed remaining in bunks.
Friday, 20 April 2018 11:59

Big dry hits wool

The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has downsized its forecast of shorn wool production for the 2017-18 season to 338 million kilograms greasy, a 0.6 per cent decline on the previous season and lower than its forecast at its December 2017 meeting.

Friday, 20 April 2018 11:01

Mick on the move

The Board of the Australian Farm Institute has announced that founding Executive Director Mick Keogh has resigned from the position, effective May 29, 2018. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:06

Live-ex reforms welcome

Sheep Producers Australia has welcomed moves by Australian livestock exporters to bring cultural change to their industry and improve animal welfare outcomes, in line with the expectations of farmers and the community.

Monday, 16 April 2018 15:31

Canola blackleg index

The latest blackleg ratings for canola cultivars have been made available to the nation’s grain growers.

Live-ex value

Australia Farm Institute chief Mick Keogh debunks common myths around the live export trade.

Bushfire recovery

Hear from Victorian Regional Extension Officer and soil expert Graeme Ward about how to revive damaged pastures after bush fires.

Brome grass management

Victorian grower Michael Pole, Walpeup, explains his brome grass management strategy and the benefits he sees in the new Brome RIM tool. To download Brome RIM, head to https://ahri.uwa.edu.au/research-Brome RIM

Building a fertiliser program

The backbone of a productive prime lamb business is high pasture productivity. Feeding pastures is also an expensive business, and we want to make sure we are getting it right. In this webinar experienced pasture expert Tim Prance shows us what good pasture productivity can be using practical and research based evidence. Tim talks to the economics of fertiliser use, and how we can make good returns on investment into fertiliser. The crux of this webinar is Tim using his 40+ years of experience to provide the audience a pragmatic approach to developing fertiliser program to assist them meet prime lamb productivity targets. This webinar is recommended for producers interested in ramping up their prime lamb business.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ4BKmxVnyE&list=PLSlNIel13u0AXR_Ytf03a_0JnAUwe5LDE

First Autonomously-Farmed Crop

A barley field in the U.K. is the world's first fully autonomously-farmed crop. It was planted and harvested using drones and autonomous vehicles. Even the tractors were driverless. The field was a project of "Hands Free Hectare." While the technology is still too cost-prohibitive for the average consumer, its creators believe automation will improve agriculture as it becomes more widely available. And as for the first barley harvest? "Hands Free Hectare" is celebrating by brewing beer. Looks like robot farmers could feed the future after all.
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