JCU testing new cattle tags
Australian hi-tech tagging will revolutionise international industry
AUSTRALIAN cattle farmers will soon have access to the next generation of smart ear tags.
Ceres Tag CEO David Smith said the ear tags contained miniature mobile phone technology to solve common issues within the livestock industry.
James Cook University researchers are currently developing the tags which will give farmers the power to monitor stock without having to replace batteries, he said.
“Technology has advanced so much, it’s the first time it’s put together in such a small package and implemented into the industry,” Mr Smith said.
The tags will be NLIS (National Livestock Identification System) compliant, and contain GPS technology to monitor mustering efficiencies and track where, and which, animals are leaving, due to stock theft or wild dog disturbances.
Through combining the smart ear tags with other technologies, farmers could pinpoint which animals are fattening up, to start determining pasture management.
“It’s a complete management tool to improve the whole operations of what you do with your animals, all of that ultimately leads to more profit for the producer and a higher quality for the end consumer,” Mr Smith said.
He said he tags would allow farmers to start using their animals as true assets, as data collected from the tags could prove their cattle history and provide certainty of numbers.
The project has been in collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia, CSIRO, and Advanced Queensland.
This support means the Ceres Tag would be robust, Mr Smith said.
“It provides us with the development capability of a trustworthy product, that is guaranteed to work,” he said.
Mr Smith said the tag was undergoing testing and was projected to be on the market from 2020.