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Digital technology helps cattle graziers manage livestock

A research program using new technology to cut costs and boost profits could allow cattle graziers to manage their livestock and access pasture performance without having to step foot outside.

Led by James Cook University and delivered in collaboration with CSIRO and QUT, The Digital Homestead research project passed trials with flying colours and is now ready to be developed for the marketplace.

The idea behind The Digital Homestead was to demonstrate how digital technology can be used to help graziers. Potential benefits for the industry include reducing labour and input costs, improving land management, improving the environment and boosting profitability.

The size and remoteness of northern cattle properties provide many challenges for graziers, and the digital dashboard lets cattle producers see real-time statistics of their property and livestock at a glance. They can monitor where their cattle are, look at trends in cattle condition, see how much water they have in tanks and dams, and browse climate information from on-farm sensors.

The data is received through innovative technologies such as solar-powered wireless collars to monitor cattle behaviour and track their location; walk-over-weighing (WoW stations) to measure cattle condition and monitor growth rates; as well as using satellite technology to keep an eye on pasture performance and grazing capacity.

The Digital Homestead team are now moving to work closely with producers to develop a new generation of farm security, safety and telemetry products. They are also exploring the entire logistics and supply chains of the industry to improve product returns and using big data approaches to assist producers in landscape management.


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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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