Tag: Technology

Agtech: eGrazor measuring cattle pasture intake

Working in collaboration with the NSW DPI, CSIRO has developed a monitoring device that determines pasture intake by cattle based on behavioural information. The solar-powered system’s sensors are worn by grazing livestock, and collect real-time behavioural data that can be interpreted to inform management and selection strategies for more sustainable livestock production systems. Source:… Read more »

New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

Australian beef processors are exploring new technologies to squeeze every last morsel of meat yield from each carcase they handle, including units designed to extract residual lean meat from beef bones. Source: Beef Central New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

Post driver attachment wins feedlot innovator award

AN excavator attachment that allows drill stem posts to be driven through concrete aprons and hard surfaces has won the Innovator of the Year award at the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association annual conference in Dalby. Source: Sheep Central Post driver attachment wins feedlot innovator award

Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

BIOCHAR’S benefits in sheep, cattle and cropping systems will be the focus of a three-day study tour across south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria this month, as part of the 2019 Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference. Source: Sheep Central Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

Organic straws add value to rye as plastic ban nears

A University of Adelaide-supported startup has developed drinking straws made from organic rye which are set for commercial release next year. Source: Grain Central Organic straws add value to rye as plastic ban nears

Webinar: Why November is Ag Tech Month in Queensland

If you’re interested in AgTech in Australia and the various ways in which it can increase efficiency and profitability of Australian farming or for your own agricultural business, then Queensland will be the place to be in November. Source: Beef Central Webinar: Why November is Ag Tech Month in Queensland

Major solar installation will provide 20pc of Sydney meat company’s power

Leading food service and value-added meat provider Andrews Meat Industries, is set to reduce its energy consumption by more than 20pc thanks to a major investment in solar energy. Construction started last month at the company’s Lidcombe facility in Sydney, which will see 2300 solar panels installed, generating 1200 Megawatt hours of power per year. … Read more »

Efficiency drives Casino’s investment in automated meat storage and distribution + VIDEO

The Northern Co-operative Meat Co at Casino has made a major investment in automated meat processing, buffering, sortation and sequencing technology, which means that from the moment meat cartons leave the plant’s boning room, they are not touched again by human hands. Source: Beef Central Efficiency drives Casino’s investment in automated meat storage and… Read more »

International praise for Qld processor’s waste-to-energy project

A far-sighted green energy initiative made by beef processor NH Foods Australia at its Oakey Beef Exports facility on Queensland’s Darling Downs is already paying handsome dividends in terms of lower energy costs, reduced fossil fuel environmental footprint and cleaner wastewater effluent. Source: Beef Central International praise for Qld processor’s waste-to-energy project

Revamped app offers more power for feeding decisions

A significant upgrade to a NSW DPI Drought Feeding App is allowing beef and sheep producers across eastern and southern Australia to make more informed decisions about drought feeding options Source: Beef Central Revamped app offers more power for feeding decisions

Industry-first technology to help deliver enhanced levels of insight for property buyers

Rural services provider Ruralco is rolling out a new technology to its property marketing team, after earlier making an investment in Digital Agriculture Services, a Melbourne based rural technology company, and conducting a six-month trial and development phase of its property information gathering platform. Source: Beef Central Industry-first technology to help deliver enhanced levels… Read more »

Spying on heifer grazing habits from space, using GPS collars

It is well known that the grazing habits of cattle differ between night and day, but the Self Herding Project at Kidman Springs in the NT has shed new light on what cattle get up to when they’re not being watched. Through a compilation of hourly GPS trackable collar ‘pings’ over several months, an animation… Read more »

Discussion paper released: Modernising Australia’s R&D Corporations

A discussion paper launched today is calling for ideas to modernise Australia’s Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) to support the next wave of innovation for Australian farmers. Source: Beef Central Discussion paper released: Modernising Australia’s R&D Corporations

Research and development comes under the spotlight

The Federal Government has launched a discussion paper today calling for ideas to modernise Australia’s research and development corporations (RDCs). Source: Grain Central Research and development comes under the spotlight

From animal feed to a schooner: Drought-tolerant beer grain

Australian scientists develop a drought-tolerant beer grain they hope will be a saving grace for some Australian farmers. Source: ABC Grain From animal feed to a schooner: Drought-tolerant beer grain

Tissue sampling units deliver faster and more accurate genetic selection

The switch from hair samples to using tissue sampling units (TSUs) has resulted in faster and more accurate collection of DNA for genomic analysis for Armidale NSW cattle breeder Richard Ogilvie. Source: Beef Central Tissue sampling units deliver faster and more accurate genetic selection

Technology plays role in Florida research into calf mortality

Technology is playing a key role in a US livestock research project exploring reasons for calf loss in the sub-tropical Florida region – many of the lessons from which may have application for production systems in northern parts of Australia. Source: Beef Central Technology plays role in Florida research into calf mortality

Webinar: How to reliably establish leucaena

join Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Senior Agronomist Stuart Buck in this upcoming webinar, who will discuss the climate and soil requirements of leucaena together with the recommended practices to prepare, plant and establish the browse legume. Source: Beef Central Webinar: How to reliably establish leucaena

Logged out: Farmers in remote areas are being left behind by the digital economy

Farming families and communities in Qld’s remote north are a good example of people in remote regional and rural areas of Australia being left behind by the digital economy, putting them at significant social and economic disadvantage. A report released this month details the impacts of low levels of “digital inclusion” among farmers in Far… Read more »

UNE to launch world’s first rural crime research centre

A WORLD-FIRST rural crime research centre will be launched be the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, next month. Source: Sheep Central UNE to launch world’s first rural crime research centre

Meet the rare turkeys donating their blood to science

Turkeys bred on a farm in western Victoria are at the centre of the global fight to improve the flu vaccine. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the rare turkeys donating their blood to science

Regional ag businesses harvest the fruits of broadband internet

When two large Queensland lotfeeding operations invested in broadband internet, questions were posed around whether the service would really help the businesses increase productivity, and whether it was ‘only going be used for social media and Netflix by staff.’ But according to feedback from both, improved connectivity has not only boosted productivity and staff retention,… Read more »

Vegan food’s sustainability claims need to give the full picture

Looking at the underlying reports for Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger it becomes clear that statements such as “less water” and “less land” mean different things in practice. Source: Beef Central Vegan food’s sustainability claims need to give the full picture

GPS tracking devices help underpin animal production claims

GPS tracking devices aren’t just revolutionising livestock monitoring and offering up a solution to cattle theft – they’re also delivering guaranteed best practice certifications for consumers. Farming technology company IDS Australasia’s ‘GFARM’ tracker, which works hand-in-hand with livestock management tools to draw on real-time information, is now commercially available to producers. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Aussie ag-tech start-ups named for India exchange program

AUSTRALIAN ag-tech start-ups covering electronic animal identification, agronomy and sustainable farming will be promoted in India in an exchange program in October this year. Source: Sheep Central Aussie ag-tech start-ups named for India exchange program

CQUni agtech tested for Argentinean farming systems

CQUniversity researchers are investigating Argentinean beef production systems with a view to opening markets for emerging agtech company, DataMuster. Source: Beef Central CQUni agtech tested for Argentinean farming systems

It looks like meat and tastes like meat — and it's got the cattle industry worried

The major breakthrough of “alternative meats” into the mainstream market has the cattle industry worried — and across the US, battlelines are being drawn around language and what constitutes “meat”. Source: ABC Livestock It looks like meat and tastes like meat — and it’s got the cattle industry worried

Welcome to Sheep Central’s new agtech platform

With the launch of a new standalone AgTech Central website today, the Ag Central team is endeavouring to help farmers and other industry stakeholders to find the information to help drive the uptake of important new efficiency-driving innovations…Read More Source: Sheep Central Welcome to Sheep Central’s new agtech platform

Welcome to Grain Central’s new agtech platform

With the launch of a new standalone AgTech Central website today, the Ag Central team is endeavouring to help farmers and other industry stakeholders to find the information they need to help drive the uptake of important new efficiency-driving innovations…Read More Source: Grain Central Welcome to Grain Central’s new agtech platform

Australia joins lab-grown meat industry

Australia has become the latest country to join the emerging lab-grown meat industry, which so far has been dominated by food-tech start-ups in Europe, Israel and California’s Silicon Valley. Source: ABC Livestock Australia joins lab-grown meat industry

Tools available to help producers pick a high-performance sire + Videos

When two sires look similar – same breed, same weight and both structurally sound – how does one tell which will produce the most fertile daughters or progeny with the best marbling? The truth is, nobody can tell, by looks alone. But that’s why producers have access to breeding values. They allow stakeholders to see… Read more »

Man versus machine: Weighing up manual preg testing Vs ultrasound

Prominent cattle vets Drs Sandi Jephcott (Qld) and David Peterson (NSW) weigh-up the pros and cons of manual preg testing and ultrasound. Is one necessarily better than the other? Source: Beef Central Man versus machine: Weighing up manual preg testing Vs ultrasound

'Fitbit for cows' set to revolutionise beef industry

A project developing a smart ear tag that tracks livestock in real time will radically change Australia’s beef production and add marketable value to Australia’s livestock industry. Source: ABC Beef Cattle ‘Fitbit for cows’ set to revolutionise beef industry

Ruralco and producers join forces in drone plan

Refining drone technology so that it becomes more suited for livestock producers is a priority for a new innovation partnership. Source: ABC Livestock Ruralco and producers join forces in drone plan

Technology boosts internet connectivity for downs feedlots

Two large commercial feedlots on Queensland’s Darling Downs are benefitting from greatly improved internet access, since the completion of a telecommunications network delivering high-speed internet services into the region. The post Technology boosts internet connectivity for downs feedlots appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Technology boosts internet connectivity for downs feedlots

Ruralco spreads wings in drone space with MLA and CSIRO partnerships

Ruralco has moved to establish a dominant position in the rural drone and technology market by announcing two significant new strategic partnerships this week. The post Ruralco spreads wings in drone space with MLA and CSIRO partnerships appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ruralco spreads wings in drone space with MLA and… Read more »

Ruralco and CSIRO partner to create ‘innovation ecosystem’

Drones, long-range sensors and geospatial tools will be applied to Australian agriculture through a partnership of the CSIRO with ASX-listed agribusiness, Ruralco. The post Ruralco and CSIRO partner to create ‘innovation ecosystem’ appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Ruralco and CSIRO partner to create ‘innovation ecosystem’

CSIRO and Ruralco enter into digital agriculture partnership

DRONES, long-range sensors and geospatial tools will be applied to Australian agriculture through a partnership of the CSIRO with ASX-listed agribusiness, Ruralco. The post CSIRO and Ruralco enter into digital agriculture partnership appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central CSIRO and Ruralco enter into digital agriculture partnership

New network connects rural Australia to technology solutions

Australia has a new communications network, one that will never carry a phone call but instead promises to be one of the biggest game-changers for Australian agriculture in recent memory. The post New network connects rural Australia to technology solutions appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New network connects rural Australia to… Read more »

How data can make dairy farming more profitable

Volatility in the dairy industry is here to stay, experts say, and the big data revolution can help farmers make their businesses more profitable. Source: ABC Livestock How data can make dairy farming more profitable