Tag: Technology

Farmers2Founders seeks Australia’s next agtech innovators

A UNIQUE Australian program is helping farmers buck the global COVID-19 business downturn and scale up with the adoption of technology and innovative business strategies.  Source: Sheep Central Farmers2Founders seeks Australia’s next agtech innovators

New website tool: “Have you got wild dogs?”

The National Wild Dog Action Plan’s new website has an updated tool designed to help landholders to confirm if they have wild dogs on their property.  Source: Beef Central New website tool: “Have you got wild dogs?”

FarmGate Auctions marks one year anniversary

Among those to closely witness the growth of online livestock selling this year are NSW stock and station auctioneer Guy Gallen and financial trading executive Matt Murphie who launched the FarmGate Auctions online livestock selling platform exactly 12 months ago today. Source: Beef Central FarmGate Auctions marks one year anniversary

Pasture Dieback Hub gives producers the latest information

Producers will now be able to easily access the latest news, information, resources and tools relating to pasture dieback in one place with the launch of a Pasture Dieback Hub on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) website. Source: Beef Central Pasture Dieback Hub gives producers the latest information

Cattle Council calls for bush broadband boost in Budget

The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) is calling on the Commonwealth to commit to an equitable plan for upgrading the NBN’s fibre optic network. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council calls for bush broadband boost in Budget

Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock’ opens doors for agtech ideas + VIDEO

Beef Australia’s Agtech & Innovation pitching competition, Pitch In The Paddock, opened business doors to the world for its 2018 participants, and entries are now open for the equivalent 2021 event being held in Rockhampton next May. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock’ opens doors for agtech ideas + VIDEO

Former Sheep CRC CEO calls for more research collaboration

AUSTRALIA’S agricultural research and development sector was not short of money, but needed more collaboration to tackle the industry’s big opportunities and issues, according to former Sheep CRC chief executive officer James Rowe. Source: Sheep Central Former Sheep CRC CEO calls for more research collaboration

Scientists use ‘genomic time-travel’ to discover new genetic traits in African cattle

Animal scientists have announced the discovery of a new set of detailed genetic markers and information in African cattle that are associated with valuable traits, such as heat and drought tolerance, the capacity to control inflammation and tick infestations, and resistance to livestock diseases. The research team wanted to learn how – after spending thousands… Read more »

Farms of the future: Why cattle are better than tanks

A paddock filled with grass and cattle on a family farm versus silver tanks filled with microbes owned by a handful of mega corporations – which is the more appealing farm of the future? Source: Beef Central Farms of the future: Why cattle are better than tanks

Cutting through the agtech hype for on-farm gains

After years of hype around livestock tracking technologies, Dr Mark Trotter will tell the next Elders Presents online forum that these systems are now becoming a reality. Dr Trotter, Associate Professor in Precision Livestock Management at Central Queensland University, has been working with smart tag developers for about a decade and says the commercial release… Read more »

Federal technology plan puts fossil fuel companies ahead of farmers: FCA

THE Federal Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap puts the interests of big fossil fuel companies ahead of Australian farmers, Farmers for Climate Action CEO Wendy Cohen says. Source: Beef Central Federal technology plan puts fossil fuel companies ahead of farmers: FCA

Cattle Council AGM goes digital

Cattle Council of Australia’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will go ahead online, as the ongoing coronavirus response limits face to face gatherings. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council AGM goes digital

Robotic feedlot bunk scanner set to be demonstrated

Lotfeeders will soon be able to see the BunkBot feedbunk scanning robot at work in a commercial setting, with monthly demonstrations planned at Mort & Co’s Pinegrove Feedlot near Millmerran in southern Queensland from November. In earlier trials, the Bunk Scanner proved to be more precise and accurate than human bunk callers in measuring the… Read more »

Koala with missing foot to receive prosthetic limb

Triumph the koala was born missing a foot, so his carers have organised for a prosthetic limb to be made. Source: ABC Livestock Koala with missing foot to receive prosthetic limb

Buttons the paralysed calf takes to her custom wheelchair at a canter

Buttons the 7-week-old calf has been saved from “crossing the rainbow bridge” thanks to her adoptive owners’ ingenious contraption getting her on her feet. Source: ABC Livestock Buttons the paralysed calf takes to her custom wheelchair at a canter

New sheep tech to be tested across nine countries

PRECISION technology use in sheep and goat farming will be studied in a project spanning nine countries from Scandinavia across Europe to the Middle East. Source: Sheep Central New sheep tech to be tested across nine countries

Breedcow & Dynama herd management tool goes online

Ag economists at Queensland’s Department of Agriculture have transformed the legendary Breedcow and Dynama herd budgeting software into a new online tool to help northern beef producers understand the potential economic impacts of ways of managing their cattle enterprise. Source: Beef Central Breedcow & Dynama herd management tool goes online

VIC processor Midfield employs Smart Badges to minimise COVID-19 risk

Victorian beef and sheepmeat processor Midfield is trialling a new contact tracing technology that could revolutionise the way abattoirs minimise their COVID-19 risk during the global pandemic. Source: Beef Central VIC processor Midfield employs Smart Badges to minimise COVID-19 risk

Weekly genetics review: New opportunities to capture data on farm

This week’s column looks at the work that Central Qld Uni and DataMuster have been doing to use Walk over Weighing technology to capture more accurate, frequent and reliable data. In extensive cattle regions where data collection is challenging, this technology opens up possibilities beyond management to record traits that can lead to better genetic… Read more »

NBN report highlights agtech growth potential

NBN Co has initiated an agriculture development strategy which aims to address connectivity needs of farmers and supporter greater efficiency of agricultural productivity. Source: Beef Central NBN report highlights agtech growth potential

Narrabri to get new $12M crop, farming research centre

A new, $12 million International Centre of Crop and Digital Farming will be based at the 2000-hectare University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute at Narrabri in north-west NSW. Source: Grain Central Narrabri to get new M crop, farming research centre

Victoria gives $1.5m boost to online ag product marketing

VICTORIAN Minister for Agriculture has announced $1.5 million in funding to help the state’s farmers and producers to expand into online marketing. Source: Sheep Central Victoria gives .5m boost to online ag product marketing

Short videos assist with herd performance recording knowledge

The Southern and Tropical Beef Technology Services (SBTS and TBTS) have this week released a series of 12 short instructional videos designed to help seedstock producers better understand performance recording for BreedPlan. Source: Beef Central Short videos assist with herd performance recording knowledge

New electricity meter leaves farmers high and dry

A new self-reporting electricity meter installed on Tasmanian farms by Aurora has sidelined irrigators for months on end and cost farmers hundreds of thousands in costs. Source: ABC Livestock New electricity meter leaves farmers high and dry

Technology: Scanning shows potential to verify grain and grassfed production systems

Hand-held scanning devices may have the potential to verify the accuracy of grainfed and grassfed production system claims, which often form a key part of many beef brand programs, recent research has shown.    Source: Beef Central Technology: Scanning shows potential to verify grain and grassfed production systems

AXIchain launches livestock movement app for transporters

With a focus on digital lifetime traceability, animal welfare, and biosecurity enhancements, AXIchain has launched the mNVD app for use in the livestock transport industry. Source: Beef Central AXIchain launches livestock movement app for transporters

Post-pandemic swing to robotic, automated food production predicted

Food producers will now be moving to advance robotic and automated technologies much faster to prepare for the next pandemic, University of Queensland Professor Robert Henry says. Source: Beef Central Post-pandemic swing to robotic, automated food production predicted

Opinion: With steak and chips, you still need science

Neil Young once sang “Got mashed potatoes, ain’t got no T-bone”. It was one of the saddest songs I have ever heard, mostly because the song went for over nine… Source: Beef Central Opinion: With steak and chips, you still need science

Genetically-edited bull calf is programmed to produce more male offspring

US animal scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf that was genome-edited as an embryo to produce more male than female offspring. Source: Beef Central Genetically-edited bull calf is programmed to produce more male offspring

NSW students win national pitch competition with ag career app idea

THREE New South Wales students have won the national 2020 Women in Agri-tech Pitch Competition with an app idea designed to entice youth to consider a career in agriculture. Source: Sheep Central NSW students win national pitch competition with ag career app idea

Remote water monitoring pays big dividends for Central Australia’s Crown Point

Remote water monitoring systems are delivering a return on investment payback period of as little as 12 months for large scale Central Australian cattle producer, Crown Point Pastoral, which runs around 30,000 Angus cattle across 28,000sqkm of country south of Alice Springs Source: Beef Central Remote water monitoring pays big dividends for Central Australia’s… Read more »

UQ unveils new solar farm at Warwick

Australia’s renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of The University of Queensland’s 64 megawatt solar farm at Warwick in the state’s south east. Source: Grain Central UQ unveils new solar farm at Warwick

Drones find rising role in precision agriculture

Agriculture continues to be one of the major growth sectors in the adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fuelling the development and release of drone systems tailored specifically to agricultural applications. Source: Beef Central Drones find rising role in precision agriculture

AAM hits switch on Australia’s largest on-farm energy battery

A large South Australian farming enterprise expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 62 percent and cut network energy demand by more than 70pc following the activation of a combined 2.28MWh Tesla lithium-ion battery system. Source: Beef Central AAM hits switch on Australia’s largest on-farm energy battery

‘Smart factories’ part of processors’ vision under five-year 2025 strategic plan

RED meat processors have set themselves some ambitious goals covering efficiency, technology, sustainability and market access in the Australian Meat Processor Corporation’s 2020-25 strategic plan released yesterday. Against a backdrop… Source: Sheep Central ‘Smart factories’ part of processors’ vision under five-year 2025 strategic plan

‘Smart factories’ part of processors’ vision under five-year 2025 strategic plan

Red meat processors have set themselves some ambitious goals covering efficiency, technology, sustainability and market access in the Australian Meat Processor Corporation’s 2020-25 strategic plan released yesterday. Source: Beef Central ‘Smart factories’ part of processors’ vision under five-year 2025 strategic plan

Gene-editing technology to create frost tolerant wheat

Researchers use gene-editing technology to create frost-tolerant wheat and say their work could save Australian farmers millions of dollars in lost productivity. Source: ABC Grain Gene-editing technology to create frost tolerant wheat

Monitoring technology aids in northern calf-loss study

A technology originally developed for use in provide monitoring of calving for intensive dairy use is being used to underpin a large trial in northern Australia seeking to better understand reasons for calf loss. Source: Beef Central Monitoring technology aids in northern calf-loss study

Webinar to look at remote monitoring of calving in northern Australia

A webinar next Tuesday will will discusses the CalfWatch project, which focuses on the development of a system to remotely monitor calving under extensive northern conditions, and then use it to investigate the causes of calf loss which costs the northern beef industry an estimated $54 million annually. Source: Beef Central Webinar to look… Read more »

Cyber attack on Lion halts milk and beer production

Dairy processor and drink manufacturer Lion confirms it has been forced to shut down production after being hit by a cyber attack. Source: ABC Livestock Cyber attack on Lion halts milk and beer production

Feed efficiency measurement for better management

Victorian seedstock producer Lawson Angus has used feed efficiency measurement systems since 2018 to accurately measure feed intake and average daily gain. What are the benefits? Source: Beef Central Feed efficiency measurement for better management

Robotic dairy makes life easier for farmers and cows

A solar-powered, robotic dairy allows the herd to choose when it wants to be milked, making life much easier for a long-time dairy family. Source: ABC Livestock Robotic dairy makes life easier for farmers and cows

Gerry Harvey joins our upcoming webinar on agtech and tax planning issues

One of Australia’s highest-profile businessmen, Gerry Harvey, will feature in our upcoming agtech webinar, focussing on tax-time implications for technology investments in agriculture.       Source: Beef Central Gerry Harvey joins our upcoming webinar on agtech and tax planning issues

Summit Fertilizers, DataFarming ink deal for WA

DataFarming NDVI images are now available through Summit Fertilizer’s platform to allow its WA clients to better monitor their soils, crops and pastures. Source: Grain Central Summit Fertilizers, DataFarming ink deal for WA

Lupins unlocked for plant-based protein market using new technology

A food and farming company in WA’s Wheatbelt hopes new technology will allow it to transform a popular livestock feed into high-protein meat-alternative products for humans. Source: ABC Livestock Lupins unlocked for plant-based protein market using new technology

Satellites to manage wild buffalo herds from space

More than 1000 feral buffalo and unmanaged cattle roaming Northern Australia will be tagged and tracked as part of the world’s largest satellite herd-tracking program, announced today by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. Source: Beef Central Satellites to manage wild buffalo herds from space

Western Australian agtech start-ups offered unique online bootcamp

WESTERN Australia’s agriculture and food start-ups and early-stage innovators are being given an opportunity to join a world-leading program in Israel – from their desktops. Source: Sheep Central Western Australian agtech start-ups offered unique online bootcamp

AI could help sheep producers meet a zero-flystrike target

ARTIFICIAL intelligence technology could help reliably predict the flystrike susceptibility of Australian sheep, according to a review that sets a five-year $10 million investment timeline toward a flystrike-resistant Australian flock. Source: Sheep Central AI could help sheep producers meet a zero-flystrike target

New products: Research leads to new two-in-one injectable

Animal health company Boehringer Ingelheim’s Australian and New Zealand teams have launched a new injectable trace mineral product with the addition of B12, created through across-the-ditch collaboration to solve a long-standing formulation challenge. Source: Beef Central New products: Research leads to new two-in-one injectable

New technologies to evaluate meat quality under scrutiny in ICMJ webinar

Red meat industry stakeholders and agriculture students will have access to latest insights into the development of new technologies for the evaluation of meat eating-quality, in a new webinar series being launched next week. Source: Beef Central New technologies to evaluate meat quality under scrutiny in ICMJ webinar

Call for renewed debate about GM, gene-editing technologies

Different and more evidence-based public discourse about new breeding technologies is needed to ensure sustainable agriculture and food security. Source: Grain Central Call for renewed debate about GM, gene-editing technologies

Processing technology: Chiller humidifiers protect against carcase yield loss

Recent developments in carcase chilling humidification technologies have improved humidity control and enabled progressive abattoirs to reduce their primary chilling evaporative losses from 1.5-3pc to 1pc or less. Source: Beef Central Processing technology: Chiller humidifiers protect against carcase yield loss

Agricultural field days go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

Leading agricultural field days in Australia and New Zealand will stage virtual events as COVID-19 restrictions force the postponement of the physical events until mass gatherings are allowed again. Source: ABC Livestock Agricultural field days go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

Webinars and online events for cattle producers

A rolling list of upcoming webinars and video conferencing events of relevance to Australia’s beef and cattle industry. Source: Beef Central Webinars and online events for cattle producers

Positive result for live online bidding trial at physical cattle sale

A remote online bidding collaboration between AuctionsPlus and livestock saleyard software provider Outcross was put to the test at a physical cattle sale at the Mortlake sale in western Victoria last week.  Source: Beef Central Positive result for live online bidding trial at physical cattle sale

Online livestock sales booming amid coronavirus pandemic

The click of a computer mouse or tap of a mobile phone replace the noisy bustle of livestock auctions as COVID-19 restrictions disrupt the traditional world of saleyards. Source: ABC Livestock Online livestock sales booming amid coronavirus pandemic

AuctionsPlus Wool and WoolQ Market hold first live online sales

AUSTRALIA’S online wool selling platforms – AuctionsPlus Wool and WoolQ Market — have held live sales this week, providing options to the physical open cry system that continues to operate under COVID-19 social distancing and lot restrictions. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus Wool and WoolQ Market hold first live online sales

The show must go on: Cattle competitions go virtual

While the cancellation of agricultural shows across the country has left thousands of cattle exhibitors disappointed, online competitions are filling the void. Source: ABC Livestock The show must go on: Cattle competitions go virtual

Nanosatellites: the next big thing in rural connectivity?

Constellations of tiny low-orbiting satellites, each about the size of a loaf of bread, could solve many rural connectivity problems in Australia in the next few years, a BeefConnect webinar was told last week. Source: Beef Central Nanosatellites: the next big thing in rural connectivity?

‘Virtual field day’ webinar: Innovation in cattle operations in northern Australia

Farm management software company Agriwebb is hosting a ‘virtual field day’ information webinar on Friday, designed to showcase new ag technologies of value in the extensive northern Australian cattle industry. Source: Beef Central ‘Virtual field day’ webinar: Innovation in cattle operations in northern Australia

Australian wool buyers Zoom to first online open cry auction

AUSTRALIA’S wool-selling system continued to develop its digital selling capacity this week, with the first live online open cry auction in Sydney Source: Sheep Central Australian wool buyers Zoom to first online open cry auction

CBH app complies with competition laws: ACCC

An investigation by the ACCC has concluded there is no evidence that CBH’s Paddock Planner App breaches any competition or consumer laws. Source: Grain Central CBH app complies with competition laws: ACCC

Livestock industry divided over push for saleyards to go online

Saleyards auctions across the country go ahead as an essential service, despite tightening restrictions from governments due to COVID-19 concerns. Source: ABC Livestock Livestock industry divided over push for saleyards to go online

COVID-19 forces livestock industry to adapt to online auctions

As COVID-19 spreads to regional areas in Australia, the livestock industry is adapting to increasingly tougher restrictions on the number of people who can gather in saleyards. Source: ABC Livestock COVID-19 forces livestock industry to adapt to online auctions

New eNVD system for Australian livestock producers

A NEW, mobile-friendly version of the electronic National Vendor Declaration or eNVD system is now available for Australia livestock producers. Source: Sheep Central New eNVD system for Australian livestock producers

AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

The AuctionsPlus online livestock marketing platform has recorded exponential growth in turnover during the past few months, and the latest COVID-19 constraints around gatherings of people, leading to saleyard closures and strict yards operating conditions, have only intensified that trend. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

Vets register ventilators ahead of possible use on coronavirus patients

Some veterinarians in Tasmania are sceptical about suggestions animal ventilators could be used on humans during the coronavirus pandemic, with some warning making them fit for purpose may be too expensive. Source: ABC Livestock Vets register ventilators ahead of possible use on coronavirus patients

Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

Bull breeders across Australia have been quick to respond to latest government restrictions over gatherings of people, swinging quickly to online auctions in place of face-to-face bull sales. Source: Beef Central Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

Camera grading sharpens Wagyu genetic selection

Objective carcase measurements in the Australian meat industry are helping provide Wagyu beef supply chains and BreedPlan genetic evaluation with more precise data than is currently available through manual assessment. Source: Beef Central Camera grading sharpens Wagyu genetic selection

GPS-enabled livestock monitoring tags reach the commercial market

A GPS-enabled cattle ear tag providing accurate and timely information about livestock location and movement has been commercially released for the first time. Source: Beef Central GPS-enabled livestock monitoring tags reach the commercial market

Meat and blockchain is a team game

In his third article on the emergence of data rich disrupters in the meat industry, former Australian Meat Processor Corporation executive chair Peter Noble delves into opportunities blockchain technology is now presenting for Australia’s red meat industry. Source: Beef Central Meat and blockchain is a team game

Is blockchain a hidden source of efficiency for the meat supply chain?

In his second article on the emergence of data rich disrupters in the meat industry, former Australian Meat Processor Corporation executive chair Peter Noble looks at why the emergence of blockchain is a development the red meat supply chain cannot ignore. Source: Beef Central Is blockchain a hidden source of efficiency for the meat… Read more »

An e-commerce giant ventures into red meat retailing

In the first of a series of articles on data rich disrupters emerging in the meat industry, former Australian Meat Processor Corporation executive chair Peter Noble draws attention to web giant Amazon’s recent entry into red meat retailing, and lessons Australia’s red meat industry can learn from France’s Languedoc wine growers. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Collaborative approach needed on wool software woes

AUSTRALIA’s wool industry needed to collaboratively discuss solutions to its software services issues following the Talman cyber attack, Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Processors president Matt Hand said today. Source: Sheep Central Collaborative approach needed on wool software woes

NSW MLC to seek police help on sheep pain if mulesing ban fails

ANIMAL Justice Party member Mark Pearson will seek police action against New South Wales sheep producers who mules without pain relief if his Bill to mandate it and ban mulesing fails. Source: Sheep Central NSW MLC to seek police help on sheep pain if mulesing ban fails

EvokeAG: Remote monitoring technology makes the leap into full commercial uptake

While there was a bewildering array of promising technologies on show at the EvokeAg event in Melbourne last week, many remain in start-up, development or pre-commercial stage. Harder to find were products or services that could be described as being in full-blown commercial use, but an exception was the Farmbot water monitoring technology, which is… Read more »

Reality check for agtech startups

Amidst the hype, polished pitches and slick branding of agtech startups at EvokeAG last week also came some words of wisdom from experience, and the reality check that any new innovation must still meet a genuine need if it is to become a commercial success. Source: Beef Central Reality check for agtech startups

Cattle producers size up agtech opportunities at EvokeAg

Several groups of North Queensland cattle producers travelled from one end of the country to the other last week to find out first-hand what is happening in the agtech space. What did they find? Source: Beef Central Cattle producers size up agtech opportunities at EvokeAg

EvokeAg speakers explore barriers to agtech uptake

CHALLENGES surrounding the adoption of ag technologies by producers surfaced during discussion at a number of panel sessions held during Melbourne’s EvokeAg event this week. Source: Sheep Central EvokeAg speakers explore barriers to agtech uptake

EvokeAg speakers explorer barriers to agtech uptake

Challenges surrounding the adoption of ag technologies by producers surfaced during discussion at a number of panel sessions held during Melbourne’s EvokeAg event this week. Source: Beef Central EvokeAg speakers explorer barriers to agtech uptake

NFF Code sets ground rules for farm data

The National Farmers’ Federation has released the first iteration of the Australian Farm Data Code, in a move designed to help farmers embrace new technologies while maintaining confidence in how their data is used. Source: Beef Central NFF Code sets ground rules for farm data

EvokeAg 2020: Plant-based and animal protein meat head on

The ‘real meat’ versus ‘plant-based’ foods debate was vigorously aired at this week’s EvokeAg 2020 agri-technology conference in Melbourne. Source: Grain Central EvokeAg 2020: Plant-based and animal protein meat head on

Elders leader urges agtech sector to focus on ‘what really matters’

ELDERS managing director and CEO Mark Allison has laid down a challenge to agtech innovators and marketers to focus on “what really matters”, and ensure their products address the key issues of productivity, profitability and sustainability. Source: Sheep Central Elders leader urges agtech sector to focus on ‘what really matters’

EvokeAg: Elders MD pinpoints what agtech startups need to be talking about

Elders managing director and CEO Mark Allison has laid down a challenge to agtech innovators and marketers to focus on “what really matters”, and ensure their products address the key issues of productivity, profitability and sustainability. Source: Beef Central EvokeAg: Elders MD pinpoints what agtech startups need to be talking about

Victorian sheep producers try out new Phone A Vet app

SHEEP producers in Victoria have access to a free mobile phone app that makes veterinarians more accessible, overcomes free advice issues and has obvious exotic disease notification and animal welfare benefits. Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep producers try out new Phone A Vet app