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Grants available to accelerate northern beef production

A $1 MILLION grants program has been launched for pastoral beef producers in northern Western Australia to assist with adopting new technology and innovation.

Staff writer
Applications are open for a grants program to assist pastoral beef producers in northern WA,

Applications are open for a grants program to assist pastoral beef producers in northern WA,

The Producer Innovation Fast Track (PIFT) grants, announced at the Kimberly Pilbara Cattleman's Association Conference, provide grants of up to $20,000 for cattle producers to adopt new technologies to boost business performance, resilience and sustainability.

Pastoralists can use the funds to reinforce biosecurity preparedness, enhance herd genetics, implement holistic rangeland management strategies and improve operational efficiencies and productivity.

Potential investments include ag-tech, digital systems and decision support tools, feasibility studies and business plans, as well as engaging consultants.

The program is part of the Western Australian government's Northern Beef Development initiative assisting pastoralists to optimise potential and capture opportunities.

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Northern Beef Development program is working hand-in-hand with Pilbara and Kimberly pastoralists to overcome the challenges of the north and capture opportunities for the important industry.

"Initiatives like the Producer Innovation Fast Track grants are designed to meet the individual needs of pastoral businesses and their planning priorities," she said.

"I encourage all northern pastoralists to examine how these valuable grants can help take their business to the next level," Minister MacTiernan said.

For more information and to apply for the grant, visit https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/PIFT-grants

Applications close 15 January 2023.

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