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FORAGE MAPPING FOR RESILIENT LANDSCAPES IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 

Picture a world where you could receive accurate estimates of the feed supply, every five days, in every paddock…..

Imagine having certainty over your feed forecast. Knowing exactly how many stock days are available, booking trucks, planning supplement programs and identifying opportunities to trade or agist.

Well that time is now!

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Pastoralists routinely make complex decisions to optimise production while sustaining their pasture resources. Decisions about feed management become even more critical during times of scarcity and drought. Successful decision-making requires accurate knowledge of the pasture situation at key times.

Useful satellite data is now commercially available at the property scale. Territory NRM is working with Northern Territory cattle producers to trial, promote and support the use of satellite technology uptake and adoption through the Forage mapping for resilient landscapes program.

COLLABORATING WITH PASTORALISTS

Territory NRM is partnering with cattle producers keen to use new technology to take their grazing land management to the next level.

Participants will receive training and one-on-one coaching to:

  • Access, use and understand remotely sensed pasture data

  • Combine on-ground and satellite data for accurate feed estimates

  • Simplify and automate their feed budgeting process

 

The project will increase the Territory’s capacity to extend this new technology to benefit our industry and landscapes.

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RESOURCES

  •  NT Drought Symposium covers a range of perspectives including Territory producers talking about how they prepare for and manage dry times. Please contact us for more information [email protected].

  • Keep an eye out for upcoming case studies about how Territory producers are using satellite data to manage risk and plan management activities.

  • We are working with industry to introduce a coarse-scale Territory-wide feed map. This will enable producers to view feed conditions and trends and will provide the Territory with a drought early-warning system.

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Funding support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund