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Pasture data now at producers’ fingertips

For the first time, southern livestock producers will have access to quantitative data about the performance of pasture varieties at their fingertips, with the launch of the Pasture Trial Network (PTN) website. 

The website – tools.mla.com.au/ptn – will see seasonal dry matter performance data delivered through a website, giving producers unrivalled access to independent pasture information that will contribute to increasing the competitive advantage of pasture-based industries.

It is the culmination of more than 10 years’ work by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) forming a partnership with all major pasture seed companies, developing research protocols, and undertaking trials to deliver meaningful data to producers to help with their pasture variety decisions.

MLA’s Feedbase Program Manager, Cameron Allan, said the PTN program has the potential to increase producer confidence in superior pasture genetics, which could have a flow-on effect both in terms of livestock performance and greater investment in development and adoption of improved pasture varieties.

“We want livestock producers and their advisors to be equipped to make informed and confident decisions about selecting pasture varieties with superior genetics,” Mr Allan said.

(From MLA Industry News - 8 September 2017)