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Riverine Plains works with livestock producers to continually improve and innovate. Data, nutrition and markets are just some of the dynamic issues in play.

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Livestock play an important role in farming systems in the Riverine Plains. Mixed grain and livestock systems often complement each other, helping spread production and financial risk across the farming enterprise.

Our aim is to address the production challenges that livestock farmers face in local systems and provide them with the information and tools to adapt in an ever-changing industry. Our project work explores animal nutrition, genetic traits, animal health, data collection and the use of stock containment areas to conserve ground cover and improve soil health.

Riverine Plains has been involved in several projects that address the benefits of stock containment areas. We’ve held on-farm events showcasing different stock containment area design, sharing innovative ways to reduce labour requirements and manage the nutritional requirements of livestock. We’ve also addressed how to use stock containment areas to retain ground cover and protect soils from erosion, especially during drought.

Livestock producers are increasingly using electronic identification (eID) tags to support livestock management decisions. Despite the widespread increase in adoption, many producers are not utilising the data they are collecting, or not collecting the data in the first place. This can lead to rushed and poorly-informed decision making, especially during stressful periods, such as drought.

A recently completed project enabled Riverine Plains farmers and advisors to learn more about how eID equipment can add value to livestock enterprises. It showed which livestock performance and genetic traits can be measured and how to use this data to make better management decisions. 

Research highlights

  • Using electronic identification tags can better inform livestock management decisions. Riverine Plains has supported livestock producers to consider the data collected from eID tags and demonstrated ways to use it for decision making on farms.
  • Containment feeding can be used to protect soils and manage livestock feeding in times of drought — however it requires appropriate site location and design. The Saving Soil During Drought project demonstrated best practice application of stock containment areas to drive adoption for maximum benefit. 

Drought resilient pasture systems

We are working with farmers to build knowledge around perennial pasture management, persistence and productivity. Learn more about our trials and results.

Drought resilient pasture systems - Feature


Our livestock-related projects are helping to provide solutions to complex issues and address the challenges that farmers face from season to season.



Discover past and upcoming events – from webinars and seminars to workshops and field days.


Discover unique perspectives on livestock from across the Riverine Plains.

Helping farmers maximise stock management areas and EID technology
Sophie Hanna joins Riverine Plains as Livestock Project Officer
Ways to manage your farm financial & business risk this season
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Survey