This project established demonstration sites for producers to learn about and observe water monitoring systems to reduce water use, maximise water-use efficiency, monitor salinity and ensure livestock have access to water.
The project has been extended in 2023-24 and will investigate the efficacy of other water measuring innovations, such as water quality and water salinity monitors.
Four trial sites were set up on a range of different livestock enterprises (including sheep, beef and dairy properties) to evaluate different tank level monitoring systems. These were monitored over summer 2022-23 and autumn 2023. In April and June 2023, the project has delivered two farm walks and hosted the National Drought Hub Convenors Field Day.
Key achievements and results:
This project was received exceptionally well by the local farming community and the region’s advisor network. At all sites, the monitors saved the producer time and money. They also improved mental health, reducing stress levels related to time management and worry about the levels of water in the tanks.