Meat & Livestock Australia is preparing to tackle one of the biggest on-farm productivity constraints with a bold plan to improve connectivity on-farm and right through the red meat supply chain.
The new connectivity program will be launched by MLA at ‘Red Meat 2017’ in Alice Springs, and will be charged with identifying the connectivity needs of individual businesses, navigating the technology options and then offering a pathway of available solutions.
For many producers and their businesses, connectivity will include access to individual pieces of technology such as phone, internet and critical on-farm operations, as well as the means of linking these between the home, paddock and outside world.
MLA research, development and innovation general manager Sean Starling said the program was all about helping producers identify their connectivity requirements and available solutions.
‘‘We recognise that there are existing and ongoing infrastructure challenges for producers in accessing basic technology and services in rural areas, for which there is not a simple fix,’’ Mr Starling said.
‘‘However, for many, simply navigating and understanding what technology is currently available and how best to implement that in your business is equally challenging.
‘‘This body of work aims to offer producers the guidance and expertise to help them identify their connectivity needs, implement a plan of action and identify a suitable service provider.’’
Mr Starling will present more information on MLA’s Connectivity Pathways Program during his presentation at ‘Red Meat 2017’ in Alice Springs on November 21 and 22.
■For producers and businesses interested in more information, email Sean Starling at: firstname.lastname@example.org