SOME $35 million will be spent over the next five years looking at ways for farmers to get the most out of their livelihood.
From expanding feed base options to increasing feed efficiency in livestock, the 11 new research projects were announced last month under the Livestock Productivity Partnership (LPP).
The LPP is a collaborative research and development (R&D) partnership involving MLA Donor Company (MDC), NSW Department of Primary Industries, University of New England and the CSIRO.
The 11 R&D projects include:
- dual-purpose crops for lamb production in northern NSW;
- improving the use of forage brassicas in mixed farming systems;
- novel dual purpose perennial cereals for grazing;
- increasing livestock production by integrating tropical pastures into farming systems;
- extending the boundaries of legume adaptation through better soil management in high rainfall zones;
- phosphorus management and requirements of tropical legume pasture swards;
- perennial pasture and forage combinations to extend summer feed in southern NSW;
- optimising nutritional supplement use in Australia’s northern beef industry;
- improving profit from pasture through increased feed efficiency;
- revise Australian feeding standards to better achieve product specifications and improve ruminant efficiency; and
- developing a framework for tactical decision making to address feed deficits.