New Money for better Sheep Research

Published 28 October 2015
SMART Farm manager Paul Arnott, Minister Barnaby Joyce and Professor Iain Young from ERS

SMART Farm manager Paul Arnott, Minister Barnaby Joyce and Professor Iain Young from ERS

Today the University of New England received $490,000 in federal funding as a part of an almost $1 million project to develop a new sheep data management system in partnership with the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC)

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, made the announcement at the UNE campus today along with Professor Iain Young, Head of the School of Environment & Rural Science, and Professor James Rowe, Chief Executive of Sheep CRC.

“UNE is at the forefront of developing the best technologies for agribusiness. This new money will allow us to develop state-of-the-art on-farm and in-Cloud technology for the nation’s sheep farmers,” Prof Young said.

Prof James Rowe added that this automated system, which integrates data-capture, storage, sharing and analysis, will underpin more efficient production systems, improved animal wellbeing and smarter marketing.

“There are a number of technologies already available, such as semi-automated measurement systems and electronic identification, that are limited in their uptake due to the lack of integration with other operating systems and the difficulty in getting the most value our of the data,” Prof. Rowe said.

“This project aims to facilitate machine-to-machine transfer and smart analysis of large amounts of data, so that we can effectively use information and apply it in productive and practical ways.”