Current projects...



Macquarie Franklin are working on a project being led by Livestock Logic, in collaboration with The University of Melbourne and Murdoch University to explore the major causes of death in non-merino ewes across a range of climatic zones. The project is funded by Meat & Livestock Australia. The results from the first year of the project are now available, with the project gearing up for the second and final year during the 2020 lambing.

To read the 2019 project summary Click Here.



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Fire-affected livestock producers can now access farm management support to help get their business back on track.

The Back to Business program enables producers from fire-affected regions in 2019-20 to access up three free one-on-one-sessions with a local farm management consultant to help put their business back on track.



During the sessions, producers will be given tailored support to:

  1. Assess their current situati
  2. Work through the key issues and opportunities
  3. Prioritise what actions to take


For more information Click Here 

Both farm management consultants and producers interested in the program should contact the Tasmanian state coordinator,

Leanne Sherriff, E: to find out how to get involved.


Back to Business is funded by Meat & Livestock Australia













Irrigation coaching program


The water for profit irrigation coaching program offers participants:

  • Expert water management advice and training
  • On-farm review of irrigation infrastructure and skills
  • Custom recommendations for your business
  • Practical on-farm coaching
  • Group learning and skills development

The program will run from November 2019 to April 2020, with one day on-farm visit in November to assess irrigation infrastructure, followed by three group coaching sessions.

The program is being led by Dave O’Donnell, Macquarie Franklin.

For more information visit the TIA website  





Livestock Advisor Updates are regionally relevant, one-day technical workshops held in northern, southern and western Australia. The workshops provide opportunities for livestock advisors, leading producers and professional extension consultants to:

  • learn about the latest red meat R&D
  • gain skills, tools and knowledge to increase their offering to clients
  • network with their peers.

The inaugural Livestock Advisor Updates events were held in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth in 2019. More than 130 livestock industry professionals attended, rating the workshops 7.8/10 for value and 91% of attendees would recommend the events to other advisors.


Livestock Advisor Updates 2020

Livestock Advisor Updates will be held in four locations in 2020, reflecting the diversity of the Australian livestock industry and the research underway to support producers:

  • Brisbane: 1 September 2020. This event will be delivered in conjunction with a professional development of opportunity being delivered through the Profitable Grazing Systems program (2 and 3 September).
  • Perth: 27 October 2020. Like 2019, this event will be delivered in conjunction with the AAAC conference (being held on 28 October).
  • Dubbo: August 2020. This event will be delivered in conjunction with a professional development of opportunity being delivered through the Profitable Grazing Systems program.
  • Melbourne: August 2020


For more information visit the livestock advisor updates website

Keep up to date on twitter  @livestockadvise




Pasture Principles aims to provide sheep and cattle producers with a set of guiding principles that will allow them to manage confidently regardless of the season, situation or system. The program is delivered over a 12-month period and consists of two days of theory, followed by six on farm coaching sessions.

For more information: Pasture Principles – program information

Groups will commence in February 2020 or earlier if sufficient interest is received.

Click here to watch a short video on two producers who participated in Pasture Principles and have made changes to their businesses as a result.

To express your interest in participating in a group, please contact Sarah or Nikki | Ph: 03 6427 5300 | 

Register online:



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Maximising pasture production and utilisation for best practice lamb finishing under irrigation

The Longford Red Meat Group (LRMG) is a group of young, progressive red meat producers looking to lift their profitability by improving their pasture and grazing management skills to increase pasture production and utilisation. They work together to solve some of the challenges in implementing best practice grazing management within irrigated cropping/grazing systems. The group have just finished working with Macquarie Franklin on a Producer Demonstration Site project, which was funded by MLA and supported by TP Jones.

The question the group wanted to answer was:

How to maximise the gross margin per hectare in irrigated grazing systems (for sheep enterprises), over a 12 month period.

Each trial consists of a pivot circle with half the area sown to rye grass and the other half to clover. These are then subdivided again to give a set stocked treatment and a rotational grazing treatme

nt. In addition to production data such as growth rates, dry matter production, animal liveweight gains, and number of price of lambs finished, input data is also being collected (e.g. labour, material costs etc). This will enable gross margins for the different treatments to be calculated.

The year two trial at Ratho, Bothwell wrapped up at the end of May 2018, with 12 months completed on the trial.

The trial confirmed some of the results from year one and has raised some further questions, about grazing management and animal performance. The gross margins on the clover treatments across the sheep meat enterprise were equivalent to those achievable from cropping, and highlight some great opportunities for graziers to increase the profitability of their irrigated grazing systems. Click here to read the year two trial summary report.  LRMG_Year 2 Trial Summary


The first of the trials was hosted by Andrew Archer from Chester at Westwood. To listen to the ABC radio Tasmania’s Country Hour interview with Andrew click here.

To read the year one trial summary report click here.  LRMG Trial 1 summary July17_V2


LRMG partnered with the Water for Profit project to deliver a field day “Maximising Productivity of Irrigated Grazing Systems” on 30 November. The day was a great success, and clearly highlighted the strong interest in this trial from producers across the state with 80 people attending.  Other presentations from the field day available for download are:

Thanks to the trial sponsors for their support: TP Jones & Co, Agriwebb, Gallagher, Ag Logic, Incitec Pivot, Orion, Allflex.