Current projects...












Irrigation coaching program


The water for profit irrigation coaching program offers participants:

  • Expert water management advice and training
  • On-farm review of irrigation infrastructure and skills
  • Custom recommendations for your business
  • Practical on-farm coaching
  • Group learning and skills development

The program will run from November 2019 to April 2020, with one day on-farm visit in November to assess irrigation infrastructure, followed by three group coaching sessions.

The program is being led by Dave O’Donnell, Macquarie Franklin.

For more information visit the TIA website  




Red meat Industry Professionals (RIPPer) project

Livestock industry professionals and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) share a common goal – to help livestock businesses become more profitable, productive and sustainable.


Livestock industry professionals have told MLA they want to know more about the latest in red meat research and development.

Livestock advisor updates – is one way of achieving this, but MLA want to know more about what you need.

By completing a short survey, you can tell MLA what you need to boost your skills, build your knowledge and better service your livestock clients. MLA will use the information collected to better service and engage with livestock industry professionals. The survey is being delivered by Macquarie Franklin in partnership with Geosocial Technologies.

Click here to complete the survey.

The survey closes on Friday 1 November 2019.


For more information about the Red meat Industry Professionals (RIPPer) project contact Mick Taylor, MLA feedbase project manager, on 0439 847 575 or



Meat & Livestock Australia has launched a series of new workshops for livestock advisors and consultants. Livestock Advisor Updates are regionally relevant, one-day technical workshops held in northern, southern and western Australia.

The workshops provide opportunities for livestock advisors, leading producers and professional extension consultants to:

  • learn about the latest red meat R&D
  • gain skills, tools and knowledge to increase their offering to clients
  • network with peers.

 When and where

  • Brisbane – Monday 19 August 2019
  • Sydney –    Wednesday 21 August 2019
  • Perth –     October 30 2019


The programs for each workshop are tailored to the differing needs of the each region. Planning is underway for 2020 workshops.

For more information visit the livestock advisor updates website

Keep up to date on twitter  @livestockadvise





Pasture Principles aims to provide sheep and cattle producers with a set of guiding principles that will allow them to manage confidently regardless of the season, situation or system. The program is delivered over a 12-month period and consists of two days of theory, followed by six on farm coaching sessions.

For more information: Pasture Principles – program information

Groups will commence in February 2020 or earlier if sufficient interest is received.

Click here to watch a short video on two producers who participated in Pasture Principles and have made changes to their businesses as a result.

To express your interest in participating in a group, please contact Sarah or Nikki | Ph: 03 6427 5300 | 

Register online:



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Maximising pasture production and utilisation for best practice lamb finishing under irrigation

The Longford Red Meat Group (LRMG) is a group of young, progressive red meat producers looking to lift their profitability by improving their pasture and grazing management skills to increase pasture production and utilisation. They work together to solve some of the challenges in implementing best practice grazing management within irrigated cropping/grazing systems. The group have just finished working with Macquarie Franklin on a Producer Demonstration Site project, which was funded by MLA and supported by TP Jones.

The question the group wanted to answer was:

How to maximise the gross margin per hectare in irrigated grazing systems (for sheep enterprises), over a 12 month period.

Each trial consists of a pivot circle with half the area sown to rye grass and the other half to clover. These are then subdivided again to give a set stocked treatment and a rotational grazing treatme

nt. In addition to production data such as growth rates, dry matter production, animal liveweight gains, and number of price of lambs finished, input data is also being collected (e.g. labour, material costs etc). This will enable gross margins for the different treatments to be calculated.

The year two trial at Ratho, Bothwell wrapped up at the end of May 2018, with 12 months completed on the trial.

The trial confirmed some of the results from year one and has raised some further questions, about grazing management and animal performance. The gross margins on the clover treatments across the sheep meat enterprise were equivalent to those achievable from cropping, and highlight some great opportunities for graziers to increase the profitability of their irrigated grazing systems. Click here to read the year two trial summary report.  LRMG_Year 2 Trial Summary


The first of the trials was hosted by Andrew Archer from Chester at Westwood. To listen to the ABC radio Tasmania’s Country Hour interview with Andrew click here.

To read the year one trial summary report click here.  LRMG Trial 1 summary July17_V2


LRMG partnered with the Water for Profit project to deliver a field day “Maximising Productivity of Irrigated Grazing Systems” on 30 November. The day was a great success, and clearly highlighted the strong interest in this trial from producers across the state with 80 people attending.  Other presentations from the field day available for download are:

Thanks to the trial sponsors for their support: TP Jones & Co, Agriwebb, Gallagher, Ag Logic, Incitec Pivot, Orion, Allflex.