Australian Farm Business Management Journal:
AFBM Journal offers a publication venue for scientists working in the area of farm business management and the related areas of agricultural technology and farming systems.The content focuses on areas of interest to farm business, farming systems and agricultural technology management professionals.
Volume 13 - 2016
Occupational Health and Safety on Australian Farms: 3. Safety Climate, Safety Management Systems and the Control of Major Safety Hazards
Volume 13 - 2016
Although controlled traffic farming (CTF) has been shown to provide production, environmental and economic benefits in a number of cropping industries, uptake in vegetable production is limited. In many situations adoption is constrained by the lack of harvest equipment suited to CTF. Research shows there are important soil benefits, and potential yield improvements, to be gained from CTF in vegetable production. With little on-ground experience to provide economic data, a model was developed to determine the difference in returns between three different vegetable farming systems. Returns were calculated as income minus operating and ownership costs (including interest and depreciation). Case study farms were used as data sources, and despite using very conservative estimates of the production and management changes likely to occur under CTF, modelling indicated median increases in average returns of up to 29%. These results were obtained even when the costs of meeting harvest integration were taken into account, indicating that the benefits of controlled traffic in vegetable production should adequately cover the costs of transition.
Volume 12 - 2015
How to think about what climate change might mean for a wool producer in Yass, New South Wales
Many future climate scenarios suggest that much of southern Australia could potentially experience higher temperatures and less rainfall. Consequently, livestock production is likely to become more challenging in the future. Managing these risks by examining the potential economic impact of alternative futures is a sensible approach for wool producers to consider in the face of predicted changes in climate. In this paper a way of thinking about the impacts of climate change is presented for wool producers in Yass, New South Wales. Continued genetic improvement will assist in reducing the impact of climate change on operating profit. The long term outlook for wool production and the demand from global markets needs to be considered in a whole farm approach.
Amending sodic soils using sub-soil manure: economic analysis of crop trials in the high rainfall zone of Victoria
Projected impacts of climate change on farm business risk in three regions of Western Australia
A farm simulation model known as STEP (Simulated Transitional Economic Planning) is used to examine the financial performance of a range of farms under current and projected climate in three regions of Western Australia. In two of the regions climate change is expected to cause more unfavourable production years, whilst in the other region more favourable production years are projected. Climate change projections indicate that not all regions in the Western Australian wheatbelt will be adversely affected.
Optimising nitrogen fertiliser in high yielding irrigated cotton: A benefit-cost analysis and the feasibility of participation in the ERF
Automated data capture using laser technology to enhance live cattle assesment and description
This paper describes the development of an automated technique using laser technology to estimate hip height of cattle. Body dimensions of cattle are very useful as basic descriptors, but can also be used to predict animal performance and carcass characteristics. An automated electronic system would make the capture of such data objective and more cost efficient. The system developed can be incorporated into typical cattle handling facilities to measure body dimensions and generate useful descriptive parameters. The principle has subsequently been extended to explore the capability of 3D camera technology to improve and expand data capture for descriptive and predictive applications.
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