Tag: Technology

Red meat R&D Update: Technology, people and sustainability

AMPC’s recently published Annual Operating Plan outlines key activities for the year ahead. Here are a few examples of current important R&D work in the fields of technology, sustainability and people Source: Beef Central Red meat R&D Update: Technology, people and sustainability

Dogs vs drones: unlocking the benefits of AI mustering

Drones are being put to the test against working dogs to muster sheep as part of new UNSW Canberra and Charles Sturt University research. Source: Sheep Central Dogs vs drones: unlocking the benefits of AI mustering

 Meat and plant science showcased at livestock forum

The path to a carbon neutral future, environmental sustainability and profit for the red meat and livestock industries will be the focus at a forum in Wagga later this month. Source: Beef Central  Meat and plant science showcased at livestock forum

Boost for regional and rural mobile coverage

The next chapter in the Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program will fund 67 new mobile base stations across Australia, Regional Communications minister Bridget McKenzie announced on Friday. The announcement brings the total number of base stations funded under the program to more than 1270, representing an investment of $875 million. Source: Beef… Read more »

Hamilton ram sale goes digital as Sheep Connect is cut

HAMIILTON Sheepvention has had to cancel its planned Sheep Connect events planned for next month, due to Victoria’s ongoing COVID lockdown. Source: Sheep Central Hamilton ram sale goes digital as Sheep Connect is cut

Will video replace the bull selling ring?

As the seedstock industry continues to innovate, some sales are holding physical sales in front of buyers featuring video footage of each bull displayed on a series of large video screens, instead of running each bull through the ring. Here’s genetics editor Alastair Rayner’s verdict Source: Beef Central Will video replace the bull selling… Read more »

Cyber security in ag – proactive management is needed now

Australia’s rural industries have already faced two significant cyber attacks in the past 12 months. Is agriculture becoming a prime cyber target, and is the sector prepared? Source: Beef Central Cyber security in ag – proactive management is needed now

National Biosecurity Committee receives key sheep EID report

A REPORT on how sheep and goat electronic identification could be implemented nationally has been presented to Australia’s National Biosecurity Committee. Source: Sheep Central National Biosecurity Committee receives key sheep EID report

Why ag businesses need to rethink cyber security

The agricultural sector is rapidly increasing its use of technology but falling behind in cyber security – making it the perfect target for cyber-attacks, experts warn. Source: Beef Central Why ag businesses need to rethink cyber security

Weekly genetics review: Objectively assessing structure – a new app for producers

Many seedstock breeders are now looking to provide additional information for clients on the structural soundness and physical suitability of bulls for use in new programs. A new downloadable App allows bull breeders to do a full visual assessment on phenotypic traits like muscle score, feet & leg traits. shoulders, temperament, sheath, and head traits… Read more »

Meat processors embrace 3D printing for equipment parts

Red meat processors are working to establish a world-first, industry-owned 3D printing service model to help operators to print replacement equipment parts, revolutionising equipment maintenance and helping underpin continuous supply of meat products. Source: Beef Central Meat processors embrace 3D printing for equipment parts

Webinar: Integrating fixed-time AI into commercial breeding programs

Reproduction specialist Dr Enoch Bergman’s seminar on improving heifer productivity using fixed time AI delivered during Beef Australia 2021 last month will be available for viewing and further discussion online via a Zoom meeting being staged tomorrow evening. Source: Beef Central Webinar: Integrating fixed-time AI into commercial breeding programs

Real time loggers accurately capture temperature abuse

MLA, in collaboration with the University of Tasmania, has developed a shelf life calculator, which estimates shelf life of vacuum-packed beef and sheep primals. Source: Beef Central Real time loggers accurately capture temperature abuse

AWEX e-Bale trial wins $180,000 in federal funding

A TRIAL of the Australian Wool Exchange’s e-Bale system has been funded by $180,000 from the Federal Government’s Traceability Grants Program. Source: Sheep Central AWEX e-Bale trial wins 0,000 in federal funding

Red meat R&D: Up close and personal – Engaging Innovation

AMPC is working on a major industry innovation event for next year which promises a significant increase in immersive and tactile experiences that will get people ‘up close and personal’ with new ideas and technology. Source: Beef Central Red meat R&D: Up close and personal – Engaging Innovation

Cyber risks escalating for ag businesses large and small, expert warns

The agricultural sector is rapidly increasing its use of technology but falling behind in cyber security – making it the perfect target for cyber-attacks, experts warn. Source: Beef Central Cyber risks escalating for ag businesses large and small, expert warns

What will the ag tech farm of the future look like?

The time is fast-approaching when farmers will be operating their businesses fully underpinned by automation, artificial intelligence and real-time data. Source: Beef Central What will the ag tech farm of the future look like?

Agtech: Gallagher buys virtual fencing technology pioneer

Electric fencing and animal management equipment company Gallagher has purchased virtual fencing technology pioneer Agersens, under a deal designed to allow Gallagher to further improve the solution and accelerate commercial expansion across Australian and international livestock markets. Source: Beef Central Agtech: Gallagher buys virtual fencing technology pioneer

How a Kojonup farmer uses clever adaptations to work his land

When an aggressive cancer resulted in Nick Trethowan’s leg being removed, he thought his dreams of farm life were over. But a can-do attitude and some simple adaptations are seeing him live out his dream of farming for life. Source: ABC Livestock How a Kojonup farmer uses clever adaptations to work his land

Red meat R&D: Shadow robot tech mimics human actions

IMPROVING safety and reducing workplace fatigue and injury are high priorities for the Australian Meat Processor Corporation the research body for the red meat processing sector – and that means a big focus on the way staff use technology and tools within processing plants. Source: Sheep Central Red meat R&D: Shadow robot tech mimics… Read more »

‘Hands-free’ farm will be a landscape laboratory

AUSTRALIA’S first automated ‘hands-free’ commercial farm in New South Wales will be a landscape laboratory to prove and promote the uptake of new precision and sustainable agriculture technology. Source: Sheep Central ‘Hands-free’ farm will be a landscape laboratory

NSW Farmers set to debate new sheep traceability evidence

NSW Farmers’ opposition to mandatory electronic sheep identification is set for review next month, following evidence the state’s current visual tag mob-based system might not be meeting national traceability performance standards. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers set to debate new sheep traceability evidence

JBS confirms A$18m ransom paid for cyber attack

JBS USA today confirmed it paid the equivalent of US $11 million ($A18m) in ransom in response to the criminal cyber attack against its operations Source: Beef Central JBS confirms Am ransom paid for cyber attack

Red meat R&D: Shadow robot technology mimics human actions

Improving safety and reducing workplace fatigue and injury are high priorities for the processing industry, and that means a big focus on the way staff use technology and tools within processing plants.  ‘Shadow robots’ are one new technology being studied, which promise to leverage the skills of operational staff, while removing their hands from the… Read more »

Lifelike cow simulator teaches students how to help with calving

If you want to work on a dairy farm you probably need to know how to pull a calf, but practising on live animals is often not practical. Source: ABC Livestock Lifelike cow simulator teaches students how to help with calving

What’s the secret to boosting ag tech adoption on Australian farms?

Developing ag tech products that save farmers time and money, securing venture capital and applying effective marketing strategies hold the key to increasing the adoption of ag tech by the agricultural sector. Source: Beef Central What’s the secret to boosting ag tech adoption on Australian farms?

Online Saviour: Going online saves struggling beef business

The decision to take their business online saved a couple’s struggling beef operation and provided a new secure market for dozens of other farmers. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Online Saviour: Going online saves struggling beef business

Farmers use social media to show consumers where their meat comes from

A farmer’s love of social made inspires her to set up an online business, saving her struggling beef operation and giving 50 farmers a new, secure market. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers use social media to show consumers where their meat comes from

Toowoomba forum told agtech must save time and money

DEVELOPING agtech products that save farmers time and money, and securing capital and effective marketing strategies to bring them to market, are the keys to increasing adoption in agriculture. Source: Sheep Central Toowoomba forum told agtech must save time and money

JBS says cyber attack recovery now almost complete

Operations are rapidly returning to normal for JBS meat processing plants on either side of the Pacific, following last weekend’s cyber attack and ransom demand that has paralysed the company’s US and Australian businesses. The company’s swift response, robust IT systems and encrypted backup servers had allowed for a rapid recovery, the company said overnight. … Read more »

What’s the secret to boosting ag tech adoption on Australian farms?

Developing ag tech products that save farmers time and money, securing venture capital and applying effective marketing strategies hold the key to increasing the adoption of ag tech by the agricultural sector. Source: Grain Central What’s the secret to boosting ag tech adoption on Australian farms?

JBS begins reopening meat plants impacted by weekend cyber attack

Australian beef and lamb processing plants controlled by JBS are likely to resume normal operations either Friday or early next week, Beef Central has been told. Source: Sheep Central JBS begins reopening meat plants impacted by weekend cyber attack

JBS begins reopening meat plants impacted by weekend cyber attack

Australian beef and lamb processing plants controlled by JBS are likely to resume normal operations either Friday or early next week, Beef Central has been told. Source: Beef Central JBS begins reopening meat plants impacted by weekend cyber attack

Russian cyber criminals blamed for JBS IT crisis

RUSSIAN cyber criminals seeking ransoms are being blamed for global meat processor, JBS’s cyber attack, which has paralysed the company’s processing and distribution operations across North America and Australia. Source: Sheep Central Russian cyber criminals blamed for JBS IT crisis

Russian cyber criminals blamed for JBS crisis

Russian cyber criminals seeking ransoms are being blamed for global meat processor, JBS’s cyber attack, which has paralysed the company’s processing and distribution operations across North America and Australia. As the US industry returned to work overnight (Australian time) after Monday’s Memorial Day public holiday, the full extent of the security breach is now being… Read more »

Full impact still being assessed in JBS cyber-security attack

Time will be the factor that dictates the degree of impact that JBS and its customers sustain as a result of the weekend cyber security breach, which has temporarily disabled the company’s operations in Australia and North America. As JBS completes its second ‘lights out’ day across its Australian red meat processing operations following the… Read more »

Cyber attacks on JBS meat processor causing livestock trade tumult

A cyber attack paralyses the operations of Australia’s biggest meat processor, and it’s creating disarray for farmers across the country. Source: ABC Livestock Cyber attacks on JBS meat processor causing livestock trade tumult

JBS global meat processing operations paralysed by cyber attack

The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has been paralysed over the weekend by a major cyber attack on its global information technology systems. Source: Sheep Central JBS global meat processing operations paralysed by cyber attack

JBS global meat processing operations paralysed by cyber attack

The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has been paralysed over the weekend by a major cyber attack on its global information technology systems. The impact is already being seen in JBS’s Australian operations, where the company has cancelled today’s entire beef and lamb kills across Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.     Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Sheep, goat and cattle EID workshops continue in June

AGRICULTURE Victoria will continue holding practical, hands-on workshops across the state next month to assist sheep, goat and cattle producers in the use of the National Livestock Identification System. Source: Sheep Central Sheep, goat and cattle EID workshops continue in June

Livestock SA seeks on-farm feedback for new biosecurity app

LIVESTOCK SA is encouraging producers to take part in a survey to inform the development of an app that will predict and alert producers to biosecurity threats affecting the Australian red meat industry. Source: Sheep Central Livestock SA seeks on-farm feedback for new biosecurity app

Expert plugs smart tag spend in national biosecurity budget

A LEADING agriculture expert from CQUniversity Australia has urged government not to ignore digital technologies in their budget commitment to national biosecurity initiatives. Source: Sheep Central Expert plugs smart tag spend in national biosecurity budget

Genetics: COVID tech advances driving rapid diagnostic developments in beef industry

Breakthroughs in diagnostic technology targeted at human health during the COVID era are paving the way for ever-more rapid progress in selection of beef cattle for important productivity and quality traits. During a genetics seminar held during Beef 2021, geneticist Prof Ben Hayes provided an exciting glimpse of the future in terms of tools likely… Read more »

More objective meat quality measurement tools likely by year’s end

Multiple objective carcase quality assessment tools could be in use across the beef industry before the end of this year, stakeholders attending an MLA seminar at Beef 2021 were told last week. Source: Beef Central More objective meat quality measurement tools likely by year’s end

Half a century of Big Data for livestock software pioneer ABRI + PICTURES

A Big Data pioneer and licence-holder of the world’s most widely-used livestock performance analysis software is this week celebrating 50 years of operation. Established at the University of New England by Arthur Rickards in 1970, the Agricultural Business Research Institute has been an integral part of Australia’s beef cattle performance analysis since 1972. Source:… Read more »

Shannon Speight Interview

Former cattle vet Shannon Speight is blazing a new career in ag-tech. Her genetics business aims to help beef growers make better decisions on farm and animal management. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Shannon Speight Interview

Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability

Central Queensland University has been awarded a $200,101 traceability grant to improve meat traceability through the existing National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability

AWI launches new mobile phone app for wool growers

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has launched a new mobile phone app for growers and anyone interested in the industry. Source: Sheep Central AWI launches new mobile phone app for wool growers

Cell-based meat producer lists on US Nasdaq exchange

Israeli-based tech company MeaTech last month became the first cell-based meat producer to be publicly traded on the New York Nasdaq exchange, raising an additional US$28 million in its initial offering.  Source: Beef Central Cell-based meat producer lists on US Nasdaq exchange

Weekly genetics review: Opportunities to capture maternal performance data on-farm

Using a technology pioneered in the sheep industry, members of a Colac-based Producer Demonstration Site are exploring using EID tags and walk-over weighing systems to collect more female performance data, genetics editor Al Rayner explains in this week’s genetics review. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Opportunities to capture maternal performance data on-farm

How Isis Downs has tackled remote water monitoring

The manager of a large western Queensland cattle station has described how a significant company investment in remote water monitoring has led to a series of not only expected but also unexpected benefits for the large operation. Source: Beef Central How Isis Downs has tackled remote water monitoring

Meat yield and potential traceability gains in Nolan Meats’ new $20m boning room

Queensland export and domestic beef processor Nolan meats yesterday unveiled its expanded and modernised boning room, featuring technology that is already delivering results in increasing carcase yield, and laying a platform for individual cuts traceability. Source: Beef Central Meat yield and potential traceability gains in Nolan Meats’ new m boning room

Mustering safely with drones at Beeac + VIDEO

Victcorian 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: Beef Central Mustering safely with drones at Beeac + VIDEO

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