NSW mixed farmer Mick Wettenhall runs a beef and cropping enterprise near Trangie, on the Western Plains of NSW. Mick joined up to trial MaiaGrazing last year and says the “smart” system is finally bringing grazing technology into the 21st century.
“Data is really important – there is an old adage that says if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” Mick said.
“We’ve used feed budgeting grazing charts in the past to work out days of feed on hand in an effort to match stocking rate to carrying capacity, but running scenarios of stock numbers and rainfall is laborious when using a pen and paper, which tends to mean it doesn’t get done.”
Mick found MaiaGrazing, the only program he’d come across that could be used as a planning tool, not just a way to keep records.
“With MaiaGrazing I can run different scenarios as conditions change, and that helps me make well-founded decisions about balancing my stocking rate to carrying capacity,” Mick said.
Mick is excited about the future direction of the software. “Down the track we should be able to overlay our own data with satellite and biomass imagery to really streamline grass budgeting and get reliable estimates very quickly. That kind of detail is really where the industry needs to go.”
“If you’re running a business of any scale and this technology helps you make even just one or two good strategic decisions, then it’s more than paid for the investment.”