Category Opportunity & Threat
174,700 Employing 46% Self-employed 54%
Avg Salary $57,564 Avg weekly $1107
With a shortage of skilled and semi-skilled labour, the interest in new farming methods has grown.
The wool industry is booming, but shearers are in short supply. The Australian Wool Institute aims to develop a prototype machine for fully automated end-to-end wool harvesting. The machine is designed to work in conjunction with traditional shearing methods, supporting shearers in the sheds.
A major threat to farmers is the “control of destiny” – re data, not just on individual farms but locally and across regions and states. Data can be captured by a variety of sensors on machinery and cameras including infrared, thermal, multi-spectral and natural gamma. Farmers have to own and manage data (intellectual property) generated on their farms in their own best interests, for today and tomorrow.
This means farmers and farming associations have to collaborate within a region to ensure the insights generated from shared data are leveraged sustainably and in farmers’ best interests.