Mixed (crop-livestock) farming is the largest single segment in Australian agriculture, yet livestock management platforms haven’t been ‘joined at the hip’ with platforms managing crops and pastures...until now.
Opterra enables the farmer, agronomist and livestock specialist to work on the same digital platform for the whole production cycle from pre-season planning, through in-season management to the measure / improve stage; utilising the key steps outlined below. This is based on the PDMI; plan, do, measure, improve process. Opterra integrates these expert resources alongside the essential elements of soil, water, plant and animal, combining this key information in real-time. Providing the opportunity to optimise the agricultural system for both profitability, as well as care of the animal and natural resources
Feed Budgeting: At the core of the Opterra platform is a patented crop and livestock planning and feed budgeting tool that enables sheep/cattle energy requirements to be underpinned by agronomic feed-base planning.
Feedback from the ‘best in the game’ indicates that the benefits of integration for both animal performance and crop/pasture productivity is substantial. Matching the energy requirements of ruminant livestock (cattle & sheep) with paddock-produced or supplementary feed is a fundamental tool for mixed farming – the basis not only for optimal production but also for drought management. Opterra is a unique tool integrating livestock demand, paddock production and supplementary feed.
We learned about the difference good grazing management across summer and autumn can mean to livestock performance in both breeding and trade-sale operations and set about building a framework that clearly defines feed deficits and ration planning across the entire season.
Back Paddock has defined and lead crop planning in Australia over the last two decades. Industry-level benchmarking since the early 1990’s, measuring the traits of the most successful farmers has shown consistently that their top trait is ‘Excellence in Planning'. (Source: PlanFarm Bankwest Benchmarks 2018).
Back Paddock's clients, are Australia’s top agricultural consultants who provide planning for the most successful farmers have asked Back Paddock to do the same for Livestock....welcome Opterra Livestock!
In a single application:
Opterra provides a breakthrough in terms of in-season management and recording on-farm. One single mobile application for both Crop & Livestock; Simple, Fast & Easy.
An App that enables communication of Tasks and Operations as well as recording Inputs for both Cropping and Livestock.
To integrate soil, water, plant and animal information in one place in Opterra, Back Paddock has partnered with other information suppliers such as soil and feed testing labs, weather station providers and a range of precision agriculture specialists with ‘per square metre’ and ‘per animal’ data. This means measures of plant growth such as NDVI from satellite can be combined with animal liveweight data in one platform that can be accessed by farmers, agronomists and livestock specialists in real-time. The aim is to better understand the drivers for financial sustainability and care of the soil-water-plant-animal system, then optimise them.
Opterra brings a new technology platform to the market supported by an international software development team, utilising the latest technology in mapping, cloud systems, mobile devices and synchronisation to improve connectivity.
We are very excited to introduce you to Opterra Livestock! We look forward to working with you to lift financial performance and improve drought management, animal and soil care in Australian mixed farming.
Opterra Key Components
|Plan||Manage In-Season (Do)||Measure/Benchmarking|
|Feed (Energy) Budget
||Production Efficiency (WUE,NUE, FCE)
||Assign Tasks/Operations||$ Costs vs Plan
$ Gross Margin vs Plan
|Inputs & Operations Plan
||Record Actuals (Single App)
|$ Budget / Cash Flow||Grazing Management
Individual components of the platform can be also be used ‘stand-alone’, for example a simple recording App on iPhone for crops and livestock.
The Opterra platform enables ready creation of detailed inputs, operating plans and budgets for crop, pastures and livestock
This is fast detailed planning, by mob and paddock, on a single platform that enables the agronomist’s knowledge on pasture/crop productivity and the livestock specialist’s expertise to be incorporated into your operational plans.
The Opterra MDB (Master Database) is pre-loaded with animal health and veterinary products (from APVMA registrations), ruminant supplement products, seeds, fertilisers, crop protection products (APVMA), pest species and operations, to substantially reduce the time required in data input. Each plan can be saved as a ‘Scenario’ that can be edited and re-used for fast, customised planning by advisers across multiple clients.
Importantly, these plans are the basis for efficient and timely operations, co-ordinated across cropping and livestock enterprises. They are also the basis of fast, easy and accurate records of farm inputs and operations for both cropping and livestock. Opterra enables ‘excellence in planning’ for Livestock/Mixed Farming.
These Plans are also the basis of fast, easy and accurate Records of farm inputs and operations for both cropping and livestock.
Opterra enables ‘excellence in planning’ for Livestock/Mixed Farming.
Opterra provides a single application to enable the communication of tasks and operations across both cropping and livestock, to better capture the recording of plan to actuals.
Feed budget information transfers to the Opterra mobile application and forms the basis for more accurate grazing management. The Opterra application is map-based and captures all livestock, crop and pasture information from the pre-season plans created by farmer, agronomist and livestock specialist.
Recording mob changes and movements in and out of a paddock enables grazing performance of different paddocks, enabling pasture/crop species to be measured and performance assessed.
Livestock and agronomic advisers can generate detailed plans and recommendations in Opterra. This information is then available to farmers via the Opterra mobile application as the basis for easy, fast and accurate recording of actual treatments as well as operational costs for livestock mobs, crops and pastures. The recording of treatments to crops and pastures (eg chemical sprays from agronomist’s Rec’s) in the same application that records grazing of livestock in those paddocks is critical in ensuring that accurate information is provided into supply chains. This also enables true costs of production to be available real-time.
The recording of Actual treatments to crops and pastures (eg chemical sprays from agronomist’s Rec’s) in the same application that records grazing of livestock in those paddocks is critical in ensuring that accurate information is provided into supply chains.
This also enables true costs of production to be available ‘real time’.
Productivity of Crop/Pasture and Livestock:
Opterra helps in measuring the grazing performance of a particular paddock, plant species grazed or other management practice (eg fertiliser use) hence the relationship between liveweight gain and particular plant or cropping species, or management.
Opterra enables more accurate allocation of costs to livestock mobs based on grazing days in a paddock, as recorded in the system. This is only possible in the Opterra platform because of the combination of cropping and livestock in a single platform.
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