Vir­tual fence deal signed

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

Agri-tech com­pany Agersens and CSIRO have signed a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment to de­velop and com­mer­cialise live­stock tech­nolo­gies made pos­si­ble by eShep­herd.

eShep­herd is a smart col­lar sys­tem for live­stock, en­abling cat­tle pro­duc­ers to cre­ate ‘vir­tual fences’.

Us­ing a smart­phone, tablet or PC, pro­duc­ers can re­motely fence, muster and mon­i­tor their live­stock 24/7 from any­where in the world.

This vir­tual fenc­ing sys­tem uses a GPSen­abled, so­lar-pow­ered smart col­lar con­tain­ing a CSIRO-de­vel­oped al­go­rithm to train cat­tle to stay within the vir­tual bound­ary when they hear an au­dio cue from the col­lar.

The tech­nol­ogy was patented by CSIRO and is li­censed ex­clu­sively to Agersens world­wide.

Agersens chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ian Reilly said the tech­nol­ogy had the ca­pac­ity to rev­o­lu­tionise live­stock farm­ing glob­ally by un­lock­ing value from the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the beef and dairy in­dus­tries.

‘‘Us­ing eShep­herd, beef and dairy pro­duc­ers will be able to im­prove the graz­ing con­trol and well­be­ing of live­stock and pro­tect wildlife from the dan­ger of en­tan­gle­ment in tra­di­tional fences,’’ Mr Reilly said.

‘‘This will lead to more pro­duc­tive and prof­itable farms.

‘‘eShep­herd will also ben­e­fit the en­vi­ron­ment by keep­ing live­stock out of sen­si­tive ar­eas like wa­ter­ways.’’

Mr Reilly said eShep­herd had a huge po­ten­tial mar­ket in beef and dairy herds world­wide, with fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties to adapt the prod­uct for sheep, deer, pigs, goats, camels and other live­stock.

Agersens has al­ready re­ceived or­ders for thou­sands of eShep­herd col­lars from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the United King­dom. ■ Pro­duc­ers can join the wait­list by email­ing Agersens at: info@agersens.com

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