Irrigation: Measuring and monitoring

AgGuide Water Series

Book 2
NSW Agriculture
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Efficient irrigation systems measure and monitor water use. This book helps you makes sure water losses are kept to a minimum, while keeping the crop or pasture growing with no moisture stress. Efficient water storage, water budgeting and water use efficiency are explained in detail.

Part One: Meters is about:

·    different types of meters and their advantages and disadvantages

·    what to consider when selecting a meter

·    installation and maintenance for meters.

Part Two: Storage and Distribution is an overview of:

·    the importance of reducing losses from seepage and evaporation

·    measuring losses

·    strategies for reducing losses

·    economic value of  the cost of loss reduction.

Part Three: Benchmarking and Water Budgeting shows you how to:

·     use, interpret and process benchmarking data for the collection of seasonal water use efficiency (WUE)

·     develop a seasonal water budget.

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About the author

Jennifer Laffan, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tocal College, Paterson

Peter Smith, Irrigation Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tamworth.
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NSW Agriculture
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Published on
Oct 1, 2015
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Pages
94
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ISBN
9781742568485
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Language
English
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Reference / General
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This book has two parts. Part 1 will help you choose the irrigation system that is right for you, and Part 2 will help you select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment.

Part 1

If you are installing or upgrading an irrigation system you will probably be seeking to increase production, decrease the amount of water used or reduce labour required.  Part one of this book is about selecting the irrigation system that is best for your enterprise.

It is an overview of:

· the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the capabilities and limitations of the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the major issues to consider when selecting an irrigation system
· the basic financial analysis you can use to determine the viability of a system you are considering.

Part 2

You can save money by increasing productivity and efficiency of your irrigation system if you can improve the performance of the pump.

This section about the features of common irrigation pumps helps you to select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment. It contains information on pump types, duty, curves and selection. It contains an explanation of:

· the common types of pumps for irrigation systems
· pumping head components: static head; suction head; velocity head; friction loss
· manufacturers’ pump curves
· maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for pumps.

This publication was produced by Education Delivery, Tocal College.

It supports the following competencies from National Training Package AHC10 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management: AHCIRG306A - Troubleshoot irrigation systems, AHCIRG402A – Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system, AHCIRG410A - Select and manage pumping systems for irrigation 

In most cases of civil engineering development, a range of alternative schemes meeting project goals are feasible, so some form of evaluation must be carried out to select the most appropriate to take forward. Evaluation criteria usually include the economic, environmental and social contexts of a project as well as the engineering challenges, so engineers must be familiar with the processes and tools used.

The second edition of Engineering Project Appraisal equips students with the understanding and analytical tools to carry out effective appraisals of alternative development schemes, using both economic and non-economic criteria. The building blocks of economic appraisal are covered early, leading to techniques such as net present worth, internal rate of return and annual worth. Cost Benefit Analysis is dealt with in detail, together with related methods such as Cost Effectiveness and the Goal Achievement Matrix. The text also details three multi-criteria models which have proved useful in the evaluation of proposals in the transportation, solid waste, energy and water resources fields: the Simple Additive Weighting (SAW) Model, the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) technique and Concordance Analysis. There is a full discussion dealing with risk and uncertainty in these models.

With many worked examples and case studies, Engineering Project Appraisal is an essential text for both undergraduate and postgraduate students on professional civil engineering courses, and it is expected that students on planning and construction management courses will find it a valuable addition to their reading.

This book has two parts. Part 1 will help you choose the irrigation system that is right for you, and Part 2 will help you select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment.

Part 1

If you are installing or upgrading an irrigation system you will probably be seeking to increase production, decrease the amount of water used or reduce labour required.  Part one of this book is about selecting the irrigation system that is best for your enterprise.

It is an overview of:

· the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the capabilities and limitations of the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the major issues to consider when selecting an irrigation system
· the basic financial analysis you can use to determine the viability of a system you are considering.

Part 2

You can save money by increasing productivity and efficiency of your irrigation system if you can improve the performance of the pump.

This section about the features of common irrigation pumps helps you to select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment. It contains information on pump types, duty, curves and selection. It contains an explanation of:

· the common types of pumps for irrigation systems
· pumping head components: static head; suction head; velocity head; friction loss
· manufacturers’ pump curves
· maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for pumps.

This publication was produced by Education Delivery, Tocal College.

It supports the following competencies from National Training Package AHC10 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management: AHCIRG306A - Troubleshoot irrigation systems, AHCIRG402A – Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system, AHCIRG410A - Select and manage pumping systems for irrigation 

The Australian dairy goat sector is an important emerging industry with significant potential. 

This book is an industry resource designed to build industry confidence, capacity and capability particularly in commercial goat milk production. It provides comprehensive information on animal husbandry, health and welfare, infrastructure, and quality milk production and handling. Case studies and examples are provided, as well as resources for further information.

This publication was produced by Tocal College and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in association with AgriFutures Australia. AgriFutures Australia is the trading name for Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), a statutory authority of the Federal Government established by the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989.

 

 

Table of contents:

Overview

Preface

PART 1 BUYING AND BUILDING THE HERD

CHAPTER 1 Dairy goat breeds in Australia

CHAPTER 2 Planning for productivity

PART 2 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY PRACTICES

CHAPTER 3  Milking management

CHAPTER 4 Handling the breeding stock

CHAPTER 5 Husbandry practices

CHAPTER 6 Responses of goats to handling

PART 3 ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE

CHAPTER 7 The cost of disease

CHAPTER 8  Diseases and pests

PART 4 NUTRITION

CHAPTER 9 Ruminant digestion

CHAPTER 10 The well-fed herd

PART 5 FARM BIOSECURITY

CHAPTER 11 Buying goats

CHAPTER 12 On-farm quarantine

PART 6 INFRASTRUCTURE AND SHED REQUIREMENTS

CHAPTER 13 Buildings

PART 7 QUALITY ASSURANCE

CHAPTER 14 Milk quality

PART 8 MARKET SPECIFICATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CHAPTER 15 Marketing

APPENDIX 1 Case studies

APPENDIX 2 Vegetation effects on milk quality

APPENDIX 3 Toxins of plant and fungal origin occurring in milk

APPENDIX 4 Industry bodies

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