Following the launch of the Australian Feedbase Monitor in November 2022, Cibo Labs has now released two new tools designed to provide Australian graziers with regular feedbase observations extending from a national level down to catchment level.
The National Comparison product has been developed in order to offer graziers and other land managers the opportunity to review and compare seasonal conditions. The National Comparison offers users the choice of reviewing the most recent satellite imagery for Total Standing Dry Matter as well as being able to select alternative layers which include a seasonal comparison against average years; the amount of Green Dry Standing Matter and the amount of Dead Standing Dry Matter.
In addition to a national view, users can scroll into observe greater detail on a state or catchment level. The national comparison also provides a timescale which can be used to move images to assess changes that have occurred in the proceeding fortnight.
This product complements the Australian Feedbase Monitor which is freely available to all MLA members and in turn offers those users farm level information on their amounts of total standing dry matter and ground cover.
Accompanying the release of the National Comparison product, Cibo Labs has commenced a fortnightly National Feedbase Summary. The Summary, also published on Beef Central, will offer an overview of the national feedbase; as well as changes in seasonal rankings against the average, total amounts of green and dead total standing dry matter; areas of growth and ground cover.
These summary reports are designed to offer producers a national overview to assist with planning decisions and to complement their use of the Australian Feedbase Monitor or other products such as the subscription service PastureKey.
Both products are freely available to producers through the Cibo Labs website. Producers who also wish to create a free account using to use the Australian Feedbase Monitor can also subscribe on the website.
The National Feedbase Summary will be published fortnightly on the Cibo Labs page and will also be published on Beef Central.