Optimising Capital Investment and Operations for the Livestock Industry in Northern Australia

Optimising Capital Investment and Operations for the Livestock Industry in Northern Australia Conference Paper

17th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Andrew Higgins, Ian Watson, Chris Chilcott
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: Despite the northern beef industry’s longevity, scale and importance, recent disruptions to external markets have demonstrated a degree of industry vulnerability to supply chain shocks. Matching the industry’s long-evident resilience to climatic variability with resilience to changes in markets and supply chains will require careful planning and investment in logistics. This paper provides an outline of a new project, funded by a collective of northern Australian Governments, to provide the northern beef industry and related stakeholders (e.g. state and federal governments) with tactical and operational dynamic models of industry logistics along the supply chain from farm gate through to export port. A valuable novelty of the model is the high granularity of individual vehicle movements and the ability to scale up to a holistic view of logistics costs across the entire northern industry. This enables an iterative examination of how changes in logistics infrastructure could result in improved efficiency and increased productivity that, in turn, suggest further possible changes in infrastructure investment and operations under different market scenarios. This project is one of a suite of projects that support beef and allied industry development across northern Australia.

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Andrew Higgins, Ian Watson, Chris Chilcott, 2012, Optimising Capital Investment and Operations for the Livestock Industry in Northern Australia, Conference Paper, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3664.

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