AusFarm

AusFarm is a flexible modelling tool that can help farmers optimise management strategies for livestock, grassland and cropping operations on a mixed farm or across a variable landscape.

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Who this tool is for

Researchers investigating mixed farming systems, including wheat, canola and pasture rotations with a range of beef or sheep grazing enterprises, a hay-cutting operation or ungrazed grassland.

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Questions this tool answers

What would be the result of different inputs (including a range of climate conditions) and outputs on a mixed cropping and grazing system?

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What this tool does

AusFarm is a software package that allows researchers to simulate the outcomes of different management strategies for livestock, grassland and cropping operations on a mixed farm or across a variable landscape.

It can be used from the paddock scale up to whole landscapes.

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Inputs

AusFarm uses climate data from the Bureau of Meteorology.

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Outputs

After processing a simulation analysis, AusFarm produces a report showing the results similar to that shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Example output from AusFarm showing the effects of paddock fertility differences

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Reliability

AusFarm is based on the well-tested Grassgro and APSIM tools; APSIM's cropping modules are incorporated into AusFarm.

It uses CSIRO’s Common Modelling Protocol to process the simulations.

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History

AusFarm was developed by the CSIRO Agriculture Flagship (formerly CSIRO Plant Industries), in Canberra.

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Support available

CSIRO provides training and an AusFarm tutorial, including details about the model. You can email the Horizon Agriculture team at: horizonag@hzn.com.au.

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Where to get it

You can buy a licence for AusFarm from Horizon Agriculture.

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Cost

Check at the Horizon Agriculture website.

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