Containment for livestock
- This Project is supported by Southern Farming Systems & Riverine Plains Inc, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
- December 2022
- South West Victoria
Research QuestionIt has been identified that is commonly recognised the need to have livestock containment areas on farms is a good risk management tool in drought, but there are many questions around issues with these area's that we may or may not have the answers too.
Research Information & Objectives
To investigate livestock containment area's on farms, who uses them? Under what situations, pro's and con's and identify where further research, development or extension is required using farmer focus groups.
The Vic Drought Hub innovation grants has allowed expansion of this project to include building farmer skills to create trigger points for containment feeding decisions and satellite monitoring of groundcover and dry feed to inform these decision points. It will use the satellite monitoring platform from the soon to be completed My Farm Dashboard, Building Farm Resilience, National Landcare Project (led by SFS, with Fed Uni and CiboLabs) that has calibrated pasture cover estimations in the high rainfall zone (VIC, SA, TAS).