GUEST: Dr Nicholas Sangster at the AgForce ‘Big Challenges, Fresh Ideas’ forum on Tuesday.
GUEST: Dr Nicholas Sangster at the AgForce ‘Big Challenges, Fresh Ideas’ forum on Tuesday. Blake Antrobus

MLA float potential farm innovation network for Roma

ROMA could be the site of a new farm innovation network that would allow for groups of properties to demonstrate their use of technology and farming techniques to the agricultural community, according to Meat and Livestock Australia's Dr Nicholas Sangster.

Appearing at AgForce's 'Big Challenges, Fresh Ideas' forum, the grassfed productivity production manager spoke about the changing industry around beef prices and renewed interest around efficient enterprises, which included the discussion of a potential network with properties around Roma.

This network would allow for landholders to "take it a step beyond a field day".

"Properties out here can be used as demonstrations for innovation; we can take it a step beyond and link with digital involvement," Dr Sangster said.

"Roma would definitely benefit from the future of electronic communication."

Dr Sangster said landholders would benefit from learning about the genetics and feed base aspects of Roma properties and cattle.

"It's one thing about producing more beef, but quality is the direction the beef market is headed. Integrity of the beef supply is one of the most valuable things the industry has," he said.

"MLA is also hoping to ramp up adoption programs in the southern region, which will train and inform producers about what can be applied to make a difference on our properties."

Research funding for MLA is set to be ramped up over the next 2-3 years, with long-term projects including a genetics consortium and feed base project planned to fund the industry.


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