What is the Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate?
The Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate is a program that provides funding to South Australian livestock producers to help them adopt technology, to enable productivity and efficiency gains.
The Livestock AgTech Adoption Rebate will contribute to:
- stimulating producer investment to install technology that supports Precision Livestock Management (PLM)* principles, such as livestock electronic identification (eID) equipment or on-farm water monitoring technology;
- providing support for producers to engage in training that will assist producers to improve business resilience, labour efficiencies and productivity with particular focus on the use of data for better on farm decision making;
- supporting producers to engage a private consultant or advisor to provide guidance on priorities identified in their Farm AgTech Adoption Plan which may include guidance on which PLM technology would suit their enterprise and assist in setting up equipment;
- encourage the use of pregnancy scanning in sheep as a means of enhancing reproductive performance of sheep flocks; and
- supporting the capture and use of individual animal information throughout the red meat and wool supply chain to meet future market traceability and biosecurity requirements.
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.
The Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate can be used for activities, support and/or implementation of eligible technology infrastructure that may include (but is not limited to):
- technology infrastructure including wands, panel readers and devices associated with the use of electronic animal identification (eID);
- automatic handlers and drafters equipped with eID reading technology;
- engagement of a contractor for pregnancy scanning of ewes as a means of enhancing reproductive performance of sheep flocks
- training, consultancy, contractors and advisory support, aligned with priorities in the Farm AgTech Adoption Plan
- data-management software for PLM
- water, soil, pasture or livestock related telemetry devices relevant to a livestock production enterprise
- a 50 per cent rebate of the fees (to a maximum of $2500) for pregnancy scanning of ewes is eligible if pregnancy scanning is a priority in your Farm AgTech Adoption Plan and:
- You have not routinely scanned before, and you will preferentially manage multiple bearing ewes; or
- You have routinely scanned for wet/dry but wish to start scanning for multiples and will preferentially manage ewes bearing multiples; or
- You are in the northern or pastoral zones, where preferential nutrition of ewes bearing multiples is not practical, and you have not routinely scanned before.
A 50 per cent rebate for the fees for pregnancy scanning cattle is eligible if pregnancy scanning cattle is a priority in your Farm AgTech Adoption Plan and you have not routinely scanned before.
To be eligible, all activities and technology infrastructure must have been identified as a farm priority in your Farm AgTech Adoption Plan and be linked to achieving productivity gains or business efficiencies. The technology must suit the purpose listed in your Farm AgTech Adoption Plan.
Any technology infrastructure purchased from 1 July 2019 will be eligible for the rebate as long as it is clearly aligned with the priorities in your Farm AgTech Adoption Plan.
The Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate is available to South Australian sheep, wool and beef primary producers. This includes dairy producers that are red meat producers as well. Producers must:
- be registered with the Australian Tax Office as a primary production business
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- provide evidence that they have a current Property Identification Code (PIC) registered with PIRSA.
Applications close 31 March 2022 or when the funding allocation is exhausted, whichever occurs first.