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" There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would benefit from the preservation of the old system, and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one. - Machiavelli"
The GrazPlan Project is an initiative of CSIRO Agriculture and Food.
Horizon Agriculture has an association with CSIRO Agriculture and Food’s GrazPlan Project spanning over 26 years.
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We offer commercially, four decision support tools which emanate from this research initiative to the grazing industry, for the most part. These management tools are considered by many experts to be leaders in their field worldwide and are valued by customers in many countries.
GrazPlan tools help producers and their advisers make decisions about management of farms based on findings from scientific research. While the tools represent excellent science, being based on the evidence from at least 250 peer reviewed publications, they also provide a straightforward and practical support for decision making that applies directly to the farm.
Furthermore these decision support tools, based on computer modelling of farming systems, have been adopted by educators; integrating teaching in areas of animal science, agronomy, soil science and economics to develop systems thinking in agriculture.
Many people and organisations have provided help and support for the GrazPlan decision support tools and their application including, Australian Wool Innovations; Meat and Livestock Corporation; Australia and Pacific Science Foundation.
NSW Department of Primary Industries championed the early adoption of the models. The University of New England developed and deliver innovative undergraduate programs from a central computer server across their curriculum using these decision support tools.
The GrazPlan decision support tools are being used in countries such as Canada, Spain, Ireland, China, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa.