Improving Productivity and Profitability in Grazing – Technology Driven Decisions (E-Beef online series #1)
With current restrictions on face-to-face gatherings due to COVID-19, the E-Beef Project has moved online to maintain momentum and engagement during these unprecedented times (as well as for your safety and wellbeing.
The E-Beef online series involves four sessions over four weeks in June (2020), providing landholders, extension staff and industry stakeholders with key insights on new and emerging technologies relevant to the grazing industry.
This is the first webinar recording in the four-part E-Beef series that focuses on improving productivity and profitability in grazing.
This recording discusses some available technologies that can be used to drive on-property decision-making processes:
- satellite imagery data for pasture and grazing management
- walk-over-weighing systems for capturing real-time data remotely.
By watching the full recordings you will hear from three very experienced presenters:
- David Phelps (Principal Grazing Land Scientist, DAF) when he provides a background E-Beef, including aims and objectives and talks about the pasture greenness index.
- Grant Stone (Principal Scientist, DES) when he discusses the growing field of satellite imagery and the sorts of tools available e.g. FORAGE.
- Tim Driver (Director, Precision Pastoral | Tru-Test) when he details walk-over-weighing in cattle production systems and how to get the most out of the technology.
You can watch the full recordings or use the playlists below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentations:
- The pasture greenness index (David Phelps). 14:05; published 11 June 2020 by FutureBeefAu.
- FORAGE reports for assisting land management decisions (Grant Stone). 26:04; published 11 June 2020 by FutureBeefAu.
- Livestock walk-over-weighing (Tim Driver) 22:27; published 22 June 2020 by FutureBeefAu.
- The pasture greenness index (David Phelps).
- FORAGE reports for assisting land management decisions (Grant Stone).
- Livestock walk-over-weighing (Tim Driver).
Download a copy of the presentations:
- The pasture greenness index (David Phelps; 3.42 MB).
- FORAGE reports for assisting land management decisions (Grant Stone; PDF, 6 MB).
• The Long Paddock website (FORAGE)
- The pasture greenness index
- A brief history of E-Beef
- The precision Pastoral Management Tool
- The ‘Normalised Difference Vegetation Index’ (NDVI)
- NDVI use across a season
- How can NDVI be used
- NDVI use across the paddock or property
- NDVI not only measures green
- What does NDVI measure?
- NDVI linked to cattle liveweight
- Understanding the interplay between NDVI and liveweight
- The main ideas in E-Beef…
- FORAGE reports for assisting land management decision-making
- So how do our products assist?
- Long Paddock website delivery portal
- FORAGE property reports
- DES’s Remote Sensing Centre (RCS) provides…
- Combining the major aspects of climate, pasture and grazing environment
- The reports – briefly
- I. Indicative Land Type report
- II. Rainfall and Pasture report
- III. Drought Assessment report
- IV. Regional Climate Projections report
- V. Erodibility report
- VI. Foliage Protective Cover report
- VII. Crop Frequency and Type report
- VIII. Fire Scar Map report
- IX. Ground Cover Map report
- X. Ground Cover Regional Comparison report
- XI. Pasture Growth Alert report
- Using reports for productivity – how to interpret them
- Requesting FORAGE property reports
- Who uses FORAGE?
- Long Term Carrying Capacity report
- My FORAGE on-line property mapper
- Pasture Biomass estimates from satellite imagery
- VegMachine – Four seasons of Fractional Cover
- Pasture digestibility (DMD) impact on animal liveweight gain
- Common industry questions
- Forecasting liveweight gain (ADG)
- Some final words…