AgTech adoption rebate for livestock producers

As part of the Government of South Australia’s $7.5 million Red Meat and Wool Growth Program, the Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate will provide livestock producers with a rebate to help adopt technology, enabling productivity and efficiency gains in their enterprises.

To be eligible for the Rebate, producers need to have participated in a Livestock Enterprise Planning session, leading to the development of a 'Farm AgTech Adoption Plan'. Only the costs associated with implementing technologies that have been identified as high priority actions in this Adoption Plan will be eligible for funding.

Amount of funding available

You can access a rebate of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) to use towards implementing priorities identified in your Adoption Plan.

The rebate can contribute to:

  • 75% of costs associated with training, consultancy and/or advisory services up to a total rebate amount of $2,500 (excluding GST)
  • 50% of costs for eligible precision livestock management technology up to a total rebate amount of $7,500 (excluding GST), of which up to $2,500 (excluding GST) can be used to pay for pregnancy scanning of ewes.

Examples of how the funding works

Example 1: Bruce wants to monitor wool production

Bruce, who has a self-replacing merino flock, wants to use individual animal records to monitor reproductive performance and wool production so that ewe replacements can be bred from only the best performing ewes.

Part of his implementation plan is to purchase a new auto-drafter with an in-built eID panel reader. The cost of this is $14,000. He can access a $7,000 rebate (50% of $14,000) to support the purchase of the system.

To implement the new technology successfully into his business and use production data to support decision making, he requires training. Two sessions with a livestock data specialist cost $2,600 plus he retains the advisor on call for 12 months at a further cost of $1,000.

He can access $2,500 in rebates (75% of $3,600 up to a max of $2,500) for advisory support. His rebate totals $9,500 ($7,000 plus $2,500).

Example 2: Chris needs pregnancy scanner for ewes

Chris, who has never used pregnancy scanning, wants to apply for the 50% rebate to contract a scanner to assess his ewes. His implementation plan is to scan 4000 ewes, costing $3,200, of which he is able to access $1,600 rebate (50% of $3,200 and within the maximum of $2,500).

He also purchases a new auto-drafter with an in-built eID panel reader. The cost of this is $14,000. His initial thinking was that he would access a $7,000 rebate (50% of $14,000) to support the purchase of the system. However, because he has accessed $1,600 to support pregnancy scanning, funding for the panel reader stops at $5,900 ($5,900 plus $1,600 totals $7,500).

To implement the new technology successfully into his business, and allocate feed resources appropriately to single and multiple bearing ewes, he requires training. Two sessions with a livestock data specialist costs $2,600 plus he retains the advisor on call for 12 months at a further cost of $1,000. He can access $2,500 in rebates (75% of $3,600 up to a max of $2,500) for advisory support. Chris has maximised the rebate at $10,000 ($7,500 plus $2,500).

What the rebate will fund

The rebate can be used for further training activities, consultant and/or advisory support and/or implementation of eligible business actions and technology infrastructure that may include (but is not limited to):

  • technology infrastructure including wands, panel readers and devices associated with the use of electronic identification (eID) for livestock
  • automatic handlers and drafters equipped with eID reading technology
  • related data-management software, training, consultancy and advisory support
  • water, soil or livestock related telemetry devices relevant to a livestock production enterprise
  • pregnancy scanning of ewes.

What the rebate does not cover

  • staff salary, wages and on-costs, computers, tablets, communication devices including mobile phones, operational costs, project management costs, and marketing/event management or entertainment expenses
  • the purchase of eID tags
  • activities that have not been identified within the applicant’s Adoption Plan
  • funding for payment of activities that you have made a financial commitment to prior to 1 July 2019.

Eligibility and who can apply

This rebate is only for sheep, cattle and wool producers.

To be eligible for a Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate you also need to:

How to apply for a rebate

  1. Read the Livestock AgTech Adoption Rebate Guidelines (PDF 604.1 KB or DOCX 386.2 KB)
  2. Complete the application form (PDF 561.2 KB or DOCX 154.3 KB)
  3. Attach your Farm AgTech Adoption Plan, and submit all documents via email or post:

Email

PIRSA.GrantsEnquiries@sa.gov.au (use the email subject of 'Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate')

Post

Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate
PIRSA Rural Solutions SA
GPO Box 1671
Adelaide SA 5001

Closing date for applications

Applications close on 31 March 2022 or when funding has been exhausted, whichever comes first.

Contact

For any other questions please contact the Red Meat and Wool Growth Program:

Phone: 1300 364 322 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm)
Email: redmeatandwool@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 03 Sep 2020
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