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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.
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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.
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