Future Farm 2050 has three integrated commercial enterprises:
Future Farm 2050 is undertaking research to develop a sustainable and profitable animal industry for the Australian farms of the future.
The Future Flock project uses the power of quantitative and molecular genetics to produce animals that will be ideally suited to the needs of the Future Farm in 2050.
Main drivers for the Future Flock genetic selection:
Genetic gain will be accelerated through reproductive technology.
Associated with the development of the Future Flock will be a drive towards grazing systems that include concepts such as self-medication, reduced methane emissions, and improved lamb survival (edible shelter).
This will be a major collaborative program involving the:
The Cashmere Flock at the Future Farm 2050 has highest genetic merit for cashmere in Australia and provides diversity for both farming and research.
Goats provide good weed control, which is important in the context of chemical weed control and herbicide resistance, have good ‘emissions efficiency’ (that is, kg methane per kg product) thus meeting our clean and green values, as well as providing cashmere fibre and capretto.
The aim will be to develop the Australian cashmere industry through rapid genetic gain, as well as revealing the ability of alternative animals to manage the farm ecosystem, including the management of weeds. We work closely with The Australian Cashmere Growers Association Inc (ACGA).