Tag: Technology

Study looks at ways to enhance electronic NVDs

A recent study investigating potential enhancements to the electronic National Vendor Declaration system is being used to develop solutions to enable offline capability and provide a more streamlined and user-friendly experience for eNVD users. Source: Beef Central Study looks at ways to enhance electronic NVDs

Weekly genetics review: Getting to grips with temperament

This week’s genetics review focuses on temperament – and the point that it can’t just be improved on selection alone. Temperament is moderately heritable, which means if producers don’t think about on-farm practices, any genetic gains won’t count for much. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Getting to grips with temperament

Mustering sheep safely with drones at Beeac + VIDEO

VICTORIAN farmers Tom and Bill Alston use drones to take some of the stress and injury risk out of mustering sheep and cattle on their Beeac property in the state’s south-west. Source: Sheep Central Mustering sheep safely with drones at Beeac + VIDEO

Will our sheep dogs need to learn how to fly? + VIDEO

FARM quality assurance programs could one day specify the use of drones rather than dogs or motorbikes to muster livestock, after research showing mustering with an unmanned aerial vehicle was less stressful for sheep and goats. Source: Sheep Central Will our sheep dogs need to learn how to fly? + VIDEO

VR keeps students safe while learning livestock skills

The University of Adelaide is using virtual reality to teach livestock skills, without putting students or cattle at risk.  Source: ABC Livestock VR keeps students safe while learning livestock skills

Red Meat R&D: Upping our game in processing efficiency

What could video games and the Australian meat processing sector possibly have in common? If you’ve always thought of game-playing as an activity that happens outside work, it might be time to think again. AMPC is testing whether gamification could help red meat businesses upskill staff – from hands-on operators to console operators – to… Read more »

Could smart irrigation tech change the game for farmers?

Irrigating crops inland while sitting on the beach probably sounds too good to be true, but it’s the way of the future, researchers say. Source: ABC Grain Could smart irrigation tech change the game for farmers?

Five tips to help protect your farm data

Producers and small businesses across Australia’s red meat and livestock industry can protect their data from common cyber-attacks with a new, easy-to-read guide about cyber security, that’s available to download for free. Source: Beef Central Five tips to help protect your farm data

Goat producers get new digital tools for production assurance

GOAT producers can now fill out Livestock Production Assurance property risk assessments and farm biosecurity plans electronically, Meat & Livestock Australia said this week. Source: Sheep Central Goat producers get new digital tools for production assurance

Digital farm analytics app helping to solve AgTech’s ‘rail gauge’ issue

An Australian agricultural data analytics company says new agtech tools will play a vital role in not only enhancing on farm decision making but also in providing the objective data the industry needs to defend itself from anti-farming activists. Source: Beef Central Digital farm analytics app helping to solve AgTech’s ‘rail gauge’ issue

Farm data cyber security guide released by MLA

RED meat and livestock industry producers and businesses now have a downloadable easy-to-read cyber security guide to help protect their data. Source: Sheep Central Farm data cyber security guide released by MLA

NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi calling under Federal trial

Australian wireless networking company Zetifi has issued a call out for farmers in New South Wales and northern Victoria to express their interest in trialling Wi-Fi calling as part of a Federal Government-backed program to provide improved phone services for rural and remote areas. Source: Beef Central NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi… Read more »

Camera-based MSA grading becomes a reality

Commercial grading of MSA carcases using objective camera-based systems became a reality in the Australian beef industry for the first time this week, when Teys Australia commenced grading  using an E+V camera at its Wagga processing plant in southern NSW. Source: Beef Central Camera-based MSA grading becomes a reality

$600,000 grant for agtech device which analyses cow’s breath for pregnancy status

A company developing a hand-held device to determine pregnancy status at an early stage using breath samples from breeding females has earned a $600,000 Commercialisation Grant from the Federal Government. Source: Beef Central 0,000 grant for agtech device which analyses cow’s breath for pregnancy status

Device for preg testing cows given the green light

A prototype of a device that could reshape pregnancy testing for livestock is a step closer to commercialisation. Source: ABC Livestock Device for preg testing cows given the green light

Emerging technologies could help deliver ‘clean label’ and ‘free-from’ value-added beef products

A combination of emerging technologies like High Pressure Thermal Processing, and use of natural preservatives may play a role in delivering so-called ‘clean label’ and ‘free-from’ red meat value-added products in coming years. Source: Beef Central Emerging technologies could help deliver ‘clean label’ and ‘free-from’ value-added beef products

Agtech briefs: Beef production forecasting tool picks up $10,000 grant; US expansion for Aussie agtech success-story

A software development company based in remote Mareeba in far North Queensland has earned a $10,000 NBN grant for its beef production forecasting tool. In other agtech news, Australian developed livestock management software provider AgriWebb has announced its launch in the US. Source: Beef Central Agtech briefs: Beef production forecasting tool picks up ,000… Read more »

Nation’s biggest wool handler introduces electronic bale tags

WOOL bale branding and the myriad identification marks that end up adorning bales moving from farm to factory could soon be redundant with the first commercial introduction of electronic identification on bales. Source: Sheep Central Nation’s biggest wool handler introduces electronic bale tags

Animal welfare decision support tool developed for livestock producers

Scientists from the University of Queensland have developed a decision support tool to help people with farm animals under their care to make evidence-based decisions about changes in practice to improve animal welfare. Source: Beef Central Animal welfare decision support tool developed for livestock producers

Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock agtech showcase closing soon

Developers of innovative new products and technologies that benefit the beef industry have only days left to apply to take part in the Pitch in the Paddock agtech event taking place at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton in May. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock agtech showcase closing soon

Agtech: Platform allows in-paddock stock weighing and monitoring

A remote cattle weighing system that enables in-paddock weighing and remote monitoring of livestock is allowing producers to monitor animal and paddock performance, reduce the expense of mustering and yard weighing and optimise exit weights to meet market specifications. Source: Beef Central Agtech: Platform allows in-paddock stock weighing and monitoring

2019–20 Livestock Farm Monitor reveals insights on farm performance

Farm profit has been positively influenced by higher gross farm income and lower costs compared with the previous year according to data collected and analysed in the 2019–20 Victorian Livestock Farm Monitor report. Source: Beef Central 2019–20 Livestock Farm Monitor reveals insights on farm performance

Women’s world shearing record attempt to be judged virtually

A WORLD shearing record attempt will be judged virtually for the first time when New Zealand’s Megan Whitehead tries to shear more than 648 strong wool lambs in nine hours this week. Source: Sheep Central Women’s world shearing record attempt to be judged virtually

UNE researchers find virtual fencing is less stressful for sheep

VIRTUAL fencing of sheep using audio signals and electric pulses to train the animals to respect a boundary is far less stressful than other standard farming practices, University of New England researchers have found. Source: Sheep Central UNE researchers find virtual fencing is less stressful for sheep

ABS, ABARES deliver new Australian farm database

A new secure database of Australian farms has been constructed as part of a multi-year collaboration between the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Source: Beef Central ABS, ABARES deliver new Australian farm database

Cow collars and virtual fencing trialled by farmers to help protect Barrier Reef

You might be more accustomed to seeing collars on cats and dogs, but collars for cows are the latest technology some farmers are trialling to reduce the impact on the Great Barrier Reef. Source: ABC Livestock Cow collars and virtual fencing trialled by farmers to help protect Barrier Reef

New app outlines livestock farming carbon opportunities

SHEEP, beef and crop farmers now have an app to help them understand their potential opportunities from carbon-reducing activities. Source: Sheep Central New app outlines livestock farming carbon opportunities

AWEX eBale project to go live with first ePacks

WOOL growers are being sought to take part in the latest stage of the Australian Wool Exchange’s supply chain traceability eBale project. Source: Sheep Central AWEX eBale project to go live with first ePacks

Surgical robots may have application in red meat processing industry

Scientists are working to develop robotic principles that could help the red meat processing sector boost its global competitiveness – using technologies developed for use in human surgical procedures. Source: Beef Central Surgical robots may have application in red meat processing industry

World-first investigation raises ethical and policy challenges in using robots in agriculture

With automation poised to transform agriculture in Australia in the coming years, Monash University researchers have published the first-ever analysis of the ethical and policy issues raised by the use of robots in agriculture. Source: Beef Central World-first investigation raises ethical and policy challenges in using robots in agriculture

Shearer training to go virtual with new app launch

SHEARER education is set to go virtual with a new training app enabling student shearers to get the help they need at the tap of a screen. Source: Sheep Central Shearer training to go virtual with new app launch

MLA R&D reports now more accessible

Red meat producers and industry stakeholders can now access and digest Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) research and development (R&D) reports more easily with the launch of a range of initiatives by MLA. Source: Beef Central MLA R&D reports now more accessible

Scientists find a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser

Scientists in Sweden have discovered how to recycle urine into valuable – and sustainable – farmland fertiliser. Source: Grain Central Scientists find a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser

Agtech: New online livestock trading platform launched

Agtech developer AXIchain has added a livestock trading component to its recently-launched meat trading platform, AXIchain Trader. Source: Beef Central Agtech: New online livestock trading platform launched

Eight drought research hubs to be established round Australia

A competitive grants process to establish eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs across regional Australia has opened. Source: Beef Central Eight drought research hubs to be established round Australia

Massive solar system paying off for Australia's largest free-range chicken farm

This 10-million-bird chicken farm has slashed its power bill and reduced its CO2 emissions by 1,500 tonnes after installing one of agriculture’s most extensive solar and battery systems. Source: ABC Livestock Massive solar system paying off for Australia’s largest free-range chicken farm

‘Water from air’ technology shows promise

A University of Sydney team has won a research challenge for its project working on passive collection systems designed to extract water out of thin air. Source: Beef Central ‘Water from air’ technology shows promise

Unprecedented collaboration in beef cattle genetic improvement

In one of his recent columns, genetics editor Al Rayner wrote about the broadening options open to bull breeders in performance recording, with some Australian breeds in recent times moving from BreedPlan to the International Genetics Solutions (IGS) program. In this article, IGS director of science and education, Dr Jackie Atkins, offers her perspective about… Read more »

WEBINAR: AgTech Month – making digital systems work for your business

Anyone interested in learning how digital solutions can benefit their agricultural enterprise is encouraged to register for a free AgTech webinar to kick start AgTech Month in November 2020. Source: Beef Central WEBINAR: AgTech Month – making digital systems work for your business

Senators told options are being sought to update livestock tag technology

EARLY background research is being conducted into possible alternatives to ‘1990s-era’ animal traceability technology currently in use across the red meat industry, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra last week. Source: Sheep Central Senators told options are being sought to update livestock tag technology

Smart Tags to incorporate pasture feed intake monitoring capability

Commerical cattle ear tags will soon be available with pasture feed intake monitoring capabilities following news that eGrazor technology is being incorporated into Ceres Tags. Source: Beef Central Smart Tags to incorporate pasture feed intake monitoring capability

Alternatives being sought for ‘1990s era’ NLIS technology, Senate Estimates told

Early background research is being conducted into possible alternatives to ‘1990s era’ animal traceability technology currently in use across the red meat industry, MLA managing director Jason Strong told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra yesterday. Mr Strong was quizzed at length over diverse topics including industry investment in seeking alternate markets in the wake… Read more »

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