Belmont Research Station, near Rockhampton has been the premier research station for the north Australian beef industry for more than 60 years.
And it will form part of the of the Beef 2018 Westpac property tours and will open its’ gates for a full day tour on Wednesday, May 9.
The 3260-hectare property is located at Ettna Creek, situated 37km north of Rockhampton,on the Fitzroy River.
Belmont Research Station provides the ideal environment for research into livestock production in the tropics and subtropics of northern Australia.
Dr. Dave Swain from Central Queensland University believes technological solutions are CQ University’s Precision Livestock Management team’s specialty.
“Technologies in use at Belmont include walk-over-weighing systems connected to auto-drafters and vision recognition technology,” Dr Swain said.
“Telemetry is used to monitor water troughs, GPS collars to track animal behaviour, virtual fencing, accelerometers, proximity loggers, on-site data processing, and low-band, mobile and satellite communications infrastructure.
“These systems are being tested and enhanced with a view to integrating a wide range of systems into simple, practical solutions that can drive improved herd management and profitability.
Data from these technologies is analysed as part of research activities with insights presented via CQ University’s DataMuster app – a fast, simple and accurate tool for monitoring herd performance right down to the individual animal.”
The tour participants will enjoy demonstrations of the cutting-edge research currently being conducted at Belmont, including the latest in automated livestock monitoring systems, sensor technologies and farm management apps.
Additionally, participants will tour the neighbouring Beef Breeding Services laboratory and see first-hand their artificial reproduction capabilities. This is an outstanding tour – not to be missed.
The cost of the tour is $140/pp which includes morning tea and lunch.
For more information on booking tickets for Barfield Station during the Beef Australia 2018 Westpac Property Tours Program, please visit www.beefaustralia.com.au or contact Samantha@beefaustralia.com.au