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Initiative 51

Demonstrating the benefits of implementing water point telemetry on extensive beef enterprises

The difficulty and expense of sourcing labour on northern pastoral leases has led to poor labour efficiency, which has been identified as one of the significant threats to the economic sustainability of northern cattle businesses. Investigating strategies to improve the efficiency of available labour sources is priority for the industry. Monitoring and maintaining water availability to livestock is one of the most regular and time consuming tasks in extensive cattle enterprises. Monitoring and maintaining water availability to livestock is one of the most regular and time consuming tasks in extensive cattle enterprises.

Research undertaken by Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia

What are we doing?

This PDS will demonstrate the effective use of remote monitoring in the Kimberley and Pilbara by demonstrating the financial benefits of installing remote monitoring systems and to identify any issues preventing adoption in the region.  Technology exists that utilises telemetry to monitor remote water points and transmit data back to a central location. The use of telemetry technology to monitor water points is one of the best opportunities to rapidly improve

labour efficiency. The installation of such a system can reduce the labour required to ensure that water is available to livestock by 50 to 75%.

Timing:

August 2014

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