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Developing a mixed farming systems RD&A program

Mixed farming, involving livestock and cropping operations on the same farm, covers approximately 47 million ha of farm land in Southern and Western Australia, and involves at least 16,000 farmers.  While significant advances have been made in understanding the integration of livestock with cropping in past investment programs, there remain significant gaps and opportunities.  This scoping study was undertaken to develop an Investment Plan for a Mixed Farming Systems RD&A program.

A multidisciplinary review highlighted poor adoption from previous research is likely due to a lack of understanding of the systems implications of the research, and recommends future RD&A programs apply more holistic approaches.  Whole-farm modelling at six locations across the mixed farming zone identified there were significant opportunities for improving whole-farm financial performance from relatively simple changes to mixed farming systems. 

Broad consultation with farming groups, consultants and R&D providers identified seven key themes for investment, developed within the context of the gaps and opportunities identified through the review and modelling.  A program logic process was used to determine desired outcomes and activities to achieve these, which were then costed.  An investment plan was developed, recommending $39.3m of investment over 10 years, with a BCR of 3.4



Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Developing a mixed farming systems RD&A program
19/12/2016 15/04/2018

This page was last updated on 03/08/2018

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