Tackling Technology for Producers

23rd Aug 2019

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of apps and tech programs available to assist farmers with their production. That’s why GLENRAC are hosting a free workshop next month that covers the ins and outs of a handful of tried and tested apps, essential for any farmer working in today’s conditions.

Presented by Local Land Services Livestock Officer and agricultural technology specialist, Max Newsome, the day will include an overview of the best technologies for improving overall farm performance, and demonstrations of how farmers can easily utilise these programs on their smart devices for everyday tasks.

“It’s extremely important for farmers to embrace and adopt new technologies, especially in the current drought conditions,” says Max. “Ag technology is a highly emerging field with a lot of different products on the market, and sometimes it’s difficult to understand how these will translate to practical applications on farm. Attending an event such as this is a good opportunity for farmers to be exposed to, and potentially adopt, some new emerging technologies which have the potential to improve farm performance.”

The recently revamped DPI Drought Feed Calculator is one of the most useful applications for livestock handlers that Max will be demonstrating on the day. This easy to use program allows farmers to calculate and log feed to formulate daily rations and supplementation for livestock, or load their own customised feed analysis for the most accurate and cost-effective feeding. As we enter calving and lambing season, the Drought Feed Calculator will be vital in ensuring farmers are meeting the feed demands of lactating livestock.

Max will also demonstrate the Farm Table app, a one-stop online spot for connecting Australian farmers across all industries with the latest ag related information, including news and upcoming events in the region, current grants available to farmers and farm businesses, and industry specific studies.

Participants will also learn how to use the weed identification app, Weed Wise. This handy and easy to use app is like carrying an encyclopaedia of weed species in your back pocket, assisting users to correctly identify and control weeds relevant to their region.

The day will also include a discussion of the most cost effective and easy to use crush-side data systems to suit the needs of every farmer.

This free event is funded by Be Connected. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own smart phone, iPad or laptop to practice on their own devices.

Tackling Technology for Producers. Wednesday 4th September 2019 10:00am –11:30am, Glen Innes Saleyards Canteen.

Please RSVP to GLENRAC by 5:00pm Tuesday 30th August by phone: 02 6732 3443, oremail: eliza.james@glenrac.org.au, ordropintotheGLENRACofficeat 68 ChurchSt, GlenInnes.

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