Cows are count­ing steps

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Move over recre­ational jog­gers – there’s a new W\SH RI µ¿w ELW¶ DQG LQVWHDG RI PRQLWRULQJ SHR SOH LW PRQLWRUV OLYHVWRFN

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CSIRO and agtech group Ceres Tag have FUHDWHG WKH SURGXFW WR KHOS IDUPHUV NHHS WUDFN RI ZKHUH WKHLU OLYHVWRFN DUH DQG ZKDW WKH\ DUH do­ing.

The de­vel­op­ment rep­re­sents the type of tech­nol­ogy that might ul­ti­mately be in use at Lon­gerenong Col­lege as part of its data-farm de­vel­op­ment and evo­lu­tion.

7KH QHZ WHFKQRORJ\ ZKLFK WDNHV WKH IRUP RI a smart ear tag, pro­duces sim­i­lar data to that de­liv­ered by con­sumer smart watches.

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Re­searchers suc­cess­fully tri­alled the smart ear tag on 100 cat­tle at CSIRO’S Lans­down Re­search Sta­tion near Townsville in Queens­land ear­lier this month.

The aim is to save farm­ers time and monH\ FRPSDUHG ZLWK FRVWV RI PDQXDOO\ WUDFNLQJ ÀRFNV DQG KHUGV XVLQJ YHKLFOHV RU DLUFUDIW

Ceres Tag chief ex­ec­u­tive David Smith said the tag pro­vided trans­par­ent graz­ing man­age­ment, al­low­ing farm­ers to lo­cate and mon­i­tor WKHLU DQLPDOV WR UHGXFH ULVN DQG RSHUDWLQJ FRVWV LPSURYH HI¿FLHQF\ DQG KHOS ZLWK WUDFHDELOL­W\

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