Over the past month, Rangelands NRM, together with the Pastoral Profit initiative, hosted two innovation expos in the Southern Rangelands to explore opportunities and technologies that will help pastoralists in region. A third expo is planned for next month.
The first was the Kalgoorlie expo, held at Hampton Hill on 22 and 23 September. It attracted more than 80 participants to hear about market opportunities, self-herding and supplementing techniques for livestock, wild dog control, remote sensing technology and the applications and possibilities for unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Mount Magnet expo, held at Wogarno Station on 21 and 22 October, brought together around 50 participants.
The expos, themed A New Lease on Life present a number of innovative practices including new technology, animal behaviour management, and business management to change the way pastoralists manage their properties.
Rangelands CEO, Dr Gaye Mackenzie said the workshops aimed to highlight opportunities to make improvements in land management and productivity on pastoral leases, and to bring people together to share and build on their ideas.
She said by sharing their experiences and methods, and running joint learning activities, pastoralists have a greater chance of success in implementing changes.
“Great ideas come from talking to people facing the same issues,” she said.
Rangelands NRM is helping to bring together multiple stakeholders across the Southern Rangelands to raise awareness of innovative technologies available to pastoralists, but also to encourage them to devise their own innovations by sharing knowledge and ideas.
The expos came about through a collaboration between Rangelands NRM, Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association and MLA/AWI Pastoral Profit, who have contributed resources to and presenters.
“We encourage collaboration between all stakeholders in the health and productivity of the WA rangelands,” Dr Mackenzie said.
The next expo is being held in Carnarvon on 12 and 13 November 2015. RSVP to Erin Gorter at Agvivo Events. M: 0429 833 752 or E: email@example.com
For more information contact John Duff, Pastoral Profit WA Coordinator. M: 0417 183 330
1) Ivan Rogers, Kylagh Farms and Chairman of WA Beef Council discussing the beef specifications required for different markets in WA and abroad at the Kalgoorlie expo.
2) Participants at the Mt Magnet innovation expo.