Precision livestock management

We are working on the development and application of new and emerging technologies with potential to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of livestock production systems through enhanced measurement, monitoring, movement and management of animals and their environment.

The Challenge

Increasing efficency and sustainability

The need for significant productivity gains across the agriculture sector is undeniable. So too is the need to demonstrate improved efficiency with respect to water, nutrient use, and environmental impacts. Increased scrutiny of animal welfare will also be required.

With increased volatility in markets and input costs, climate variability, and a complex business operating environment, viable and resilient farm businesses in the future will need to make sense of what they know as they come to know it, and then make very fine-grain, accurate and timely decisions.

Our Response

Taking advantage of new and emerging technology

Viable and resilient farm businesses in the future will need to make sense of what they know as they come to know it, and then make very fine-grain, accurate and timely decisions.

More accurate, timely and efficient management (operational, tactical and strategic) across the farm business would be enabled by the timely, accurate and objective measurement of resources coupled with sound interpretation and understanding.

We've developed a suite of Precision Livestock Management projects that include some of the following case studies.

Case studies

  • Locating cattle with unmanned aerial vehicles

    We are working to develop, test and demonstrate the latest thermal remote sensing technology on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to identify the location of livestock in extensive rangelands.

  • Measuring cattle body condition remotely

    Remote monitoring of cattle body condition through various imaging technologies has the potential to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of livestock production systems.

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