Ceres Tag, together with the Queensland government, James Cook University, Meat and Livestock Australia, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), are working together to make smart ear tags (e-tags) for cattle a commercially viable product in the market by the end of 2020. The GPS and Bluetooth-enabled e-tags, which form part of a complete livestock information platform, rely on low-earth orbit satellites to allow farmers access to real-time information about the location, welfare, and behaviour of individual animals remotely, and detect the condition of the paddocks their cattle are grazing on. The data collected via the e-tags will be accessible through an open platform, which means farmers would not require any additional infrastructure to take advantage of the system, Ceres Tag CEO David Smith said. “Farmers don’t need to do anything different to what they do now. They just purchase a tag, put it on the ear, go to their management software and start seeing the data. The whole idea is to automate the data so reports can be done automatically, decisions can be assisted in a timely manner,” he said. Smith said the smart e-tags will ultimately give farmers greater transparency around their livestock. “It allows us to know when an animal is sold to a new owner – and most of the time they are – along the supply chain, then we can have that seamless communication and history of the animal. We’re the only ones that can really keep that provenance,” he said. See… [Read full story]
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