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Sheep and cattle agtech to feature at SA livestock expos

Sheep Central, February 12, 2021

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SHEEP and cattle handling innovations will be displayed and discussed at a series of Livestock Ag Technology Expos across South Australia from next week.

The expos will start at Hawker in the Flinders Ranges on 16 February, followed by Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula on 18 February and at Karoonda in the SA Mallee on 9 March.

The expos will showcase the latest innovation and encourage greater agtech adoption on farms.

The expo programs will include ‘tech talks’ covering electronic identification and smart tags, shearing shed and sheep and cattle yard design, and sheep handlers. Trade displays will include precision livestock management, farm management software systems, livestock handling equipment and remote sensing technology.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the expos give livestock farmers the ability to better understand technologies available to them.

“Through the Marshall Liberal Government’s AgTech agenda, we are focused on putting the mechanisms in place to encourage greater adoption of technology on-farm and the livestock expos are another cog in that chain.

He said the $7.5 million Red Meat and Wool Growth program is improving the productivity and profitability of the sector.

“Adopting livestock technology can enable this by improving on-farm productivity and building more resilient livestock businesses, through better decision making.

“These expos will give our red meat and wool producers the opportunity to hear from, and talk to, providers about tech solutions that are readily available,” he said.

More expos will be held in other regions of the state in early 2022. The expos have been funded through the Marshall Liberal Government’s $7.5 million Red Meat and Wool Program.

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