Technology milked to keep track of cows
Fitbits and other fitness trackers have helped a generation of Australians discover their inner #fit spo models, and now a version of the wearable tech has been developed to help farmers keep track of wandering livestock.
The CSIRO and agtech start-up Ceres Tag have unveiled new smart ear tags which produce similar data to that delivered by smart watches. Farmers can use the tags to track where their herds graze, watch for escapees and livestock theft, and even monitor unusual movement which could indicate pregnancy or illness.
Ceres Tag chief executive David Smith said the aim was to save farmers time and money compared to the cost of manual surveillance.
“Ceres Tag gives greater transparency over grazing management, allowing farmers to locate and monitor their animals to reduce risk and operating costs, improve efficiency and assist with traceability,” he said.
“The tag is GPS-enabled, allowing farmers to track the location of individual animals remotely, via internet of things capability.”
CSIRO group leader Ed Charmley said future iterations of the tag would be able to provide more data on animal health and wellbeing.
Ceres Tag chief executive David Smith.