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21 st Century Pastoralism Project Andy Bubb Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. The DKCRC is committed to creating economic opportunities for desert people and a demonstrable difference for remote Indigenous communities, through the application of excellent research and training.

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The DKCRC is committed to creating economic opportunities for desert people and a demonstrable difference for remote Indigenous communities, through the application of excellent research and training.
21 st century pastoralism
21st Century Pastoralism
  • Engaging Aboriginal Pastoralists
  • Improving Economic Sustainability
  • Managing for a Variable Climate
  • Utilising Technology
utilising technology
Utilising Technology

COSTS

PRODUCTION

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The benefits include:

lifestyle changes

reducing the number of bore runs saving fuel, time and money.

Future benefits expected:

better control of Total Grazing Pressure and pastoral country condition

stronger production results through better utilisation of available feed

environmental gains through pasture regeneration

The project’s monitoring covered costs, reliability, ease of use and benefits of the new equipment plus time and cost savings.
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De Rose Hill Station Allan & Kylie Fuller own and manage the 180,000 hectare property located 50km south of the Northern Territory/South Australian border on the Stuart Highway, running around 2000 head of black angus cows.

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Len & Joy Newton’s Mt Ive Station Mt Ive is a 85,250 hectare, wool growing property in the Gawler Ranges with saltbush flats that borders Lake Gardiner in the North.

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New water point

Telemetry

Solar pump

Evaporation control

Mount Ive Station

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The Alice Springs region Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Mines research Station covers 50,000 hectares of sandy Mulga country and open oatgrass plains.

Old Man Plains Research Station

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“Since installing the telemetry in January at the furtherest water point on the property, we have reduced our bore run from 3-4 times a week to just one saving around 200km weekly.”

Debbie Roberts, manager

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The North Australian Pastoral Company’s MONKIRA Station

Located in western Queensland\'s channel country, the 373,000 hectare grower property for weaner steers is dominated by the mighty flood plains of the Diamantina River, which produce highly productive pastures of blue bush and native sorghum.

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Telemetry

Solar pump

Liner

Evap-cap

Pump Controller

future of watersmart
Looking for further funding

Roll out results of past work to WA and Western NSW

Opportunity to test new equipment

Would you like to be involved?

Future of WaterSmart
www desertknowledgecrc com au watersmart
www.desertknowledgecrc.com.au/watersmart

An interactive ‘clearing house’ of project information including:

Water delivery (reticulation systems including guidance on design, pipe and valve information etc.)

Water control and monitoring systems (telemetry)

Water point location

Evaporation management

Information related to:

◦On-ground experiences

◦ Field trials

◦ Latest technologies

◦ Costs and benefits

◦ Field Days and demonstrations

◦ Manufacturers and suppliers

◦ Funding and subsidies available

◦ Industry links

The page provides links to allow information sharing by landholders on what they have found to have worked, problems they have faced and overcome and the opportunity to have discussions around the country with other graziers, suppliers, manufacturers etc through an interactive forum

wide open spaces
Extensive pastoralism is built on low input/low output production systems

Opportunity to collect data on animals once or twice per year

Infrequent data collection results in little opportunity to use the data collected

Wide Open Spaces
remote livestock management system
Ability to individually manage animals

Allow for intensive management to be adopted on extensive properties

Increase the profitability of pastoral production

Remote Livestock Management System
take opportunity to use a bio security cost as a money making tool
Opportunity to:

Automatically Wean

Control Mate

Track weight gains and loses

Identify time of calving

“Take opportunity to use a bio-security cost as a money making tool”
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