Tag: Technology

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

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