Stepping out of the paddock and onto the internet with E-Beef

People sitting in chairs looking at a projector screen at a previous E-Beef meeting.
Face-to-face E-Beef meetings such as this had to be postponed in March 2020, causing the team to think outside the box and expand their virtual horizons.

When pastoralists signed up to be part of the E-Beef project they were told that there would be regular meetings on participating stations where attendees would learn about the on-farm advantages of utilising agricultural technology in regional and remote Queensland. Little did they know, thanks to COVID-19 and enthusiastic project officers, their learnings would be broadened to include online video conferencing, allowing them to have access to world-class experts at the push of a button.

Click here to read what the E-Beef project participants thought of their recently held online meeting, and the tips and tricks the hosts, John McLaughlin (Project Officer, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group) and Emily Corbett (Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries), learnt along the way.

The E-Beef project is a partnership with local producers and four organisations; Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management Group (lead), Desert Channels Queensland, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group and the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF). The project aims to implement grazing best management practice by demonstrating how timely management decisions can enhance pastures, groundcover, soils land condition, business profitability and adaptability. Funding for the project is from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program (NLP) and the Queensland Government Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP).

E-Beef produces go from on-farm to online (PDF, 1 MB)