Tag tracks cows

Shepparton News - Country News - - WOMEN IN AG FORUM -

CSIRO and agtech start-up Ceres Tag have cre­ated a new type of fit­ness tracker to help farm­ers keep track of their live­stock and save the time and mon­e­tary cost of man­u­ally track­ing their herds.

The new tech­nol­ogy, in the form of a smart ear tag, pro­duces sim­i­lar data to that de­liv­ered by con­sumer smart watches.

Us­ing the de­vice, farm­ers can track where their herds graze, if an an­i­mal has es­caped or been stolen, and even un­usual move­ments which could in­di­cate an an­i­mal is giv­ing birth or is sick.

Ceres Tag chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer David Smith said the prod­uct gave farm­ers ‘‘greater trans­parency over graz­ing man­age­ment.’’

‘‘The tag is GPS-en­abled, al­low­ing farm­ers to track the lo­ca­tion of in­di­vid­ual an­i­mals re­motely, via Internet of Things (IoT) ca­pa­bil­ity,’’ he said.

CSIRO group leader Dr Ed Charm­ley said the tech­nol­ogy would be a great sup­port for Aus­tralian farm­ers.

‘‘We are pleased it has taken less than a year for this tech­nol­ogy to move from the re­search phase into de­vel­op­ment for a real-world trial on cat­tle,’’ Dr Charm­ley said.

‘‘Our fo­cus for fu­ture it­er­a­tions is to cre­ate a smaller and lighter tag, as well as added func­tion­al­ity such as a tem­per­a­ture sen­sor, which could alert farm­ers to ill­nesses at an ear­lier stage.’’

CSIRO and Ceres Tag as­pire for the tags to be the world’s first smart ear tag ac­cred­ited for prove­nance to in­ter­na­tional trace­abil­ity stan­dards, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (NLIS).

Tagged . . . A cow sport­ing the Ceres Tag.

Small won­der . . . Ceres Tag chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer David Smith with the new tech­nol­ogy.

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