DAFWA to showcase latest work at Woolorama

27 Feb, 2016 01:00 AM
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The Sheep Industry Business Innovation project will again be a feature at this year's Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.
The Sheep Industry Business Innovation project will again be a feature at this year's Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.

ACTIVITIES supporting the success of agribusiness in WA will be a feature of the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) display at this year's Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.

The DAFWA shed will provide the latest information about livestock, grains, biosecurity and mobile application technology to support the agriculture and food sector in the State.

DAFWA's Katanning manager Keith Ohlsen encouraged visitors to stop by the shed where they would be provided with a unique opportunity to access all the information they need in one location.

"A key purpose of the display is to build awareness of how the department supports farm business and industry success," Mr Ohlsen said.

"Although the overall theme of the Woolorama centres on showcasing the latest innovations and products to farmers, some specific items will also be on display in the DAFWA pavilion."

Representatives from DAFWA's Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) project will demonstrate new on-farm technology which includes a walk-over weigh platform, an unmanned aerial vehicle and a remote camera for monitoring tanks and troughs.

DAFWA sheep industry development director Bruce Mullan said the aim of the new on-farm technology was to investigate and demonstrate state-of-the-art, labour-saving and flock management technologies to increase efficiency and improve traceability and breeding.

"Producers will be encouraged to look over these products and share their own ideas and experiences of using innovation and technology to benefit their sheep enterprise," Dr Mullan said.

"As well as new technology, there will be a great opportunity to find out more about Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV) and how to participate in a RamSelect workshop."

Representatives of DAFWA's sheep National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) helpdesk will also be available to assist sheep owners to record movements of their sheep on the NLIS database.

p The DAFWA Shed is located at Site 626 on Kitchener Street at Wagin Woolorama, on March 11-12.

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