Vice-Regal visitors explore UNE SMART Farm

Published 19 January 2016
The Governor and Mrs Linda Hurley

The Governor and Mrs Linda Hurley

This Friday the University of New England will showcase its advanced agricultural research capabilities to Vice-Regal visitors when the Governor of New South Wales visits the UNE SMART Farm as part of his whistle-stop tour of the region.

The UNE SMART Farm – 7,000 acres of prime farming land located 10 kilometres northwest of the Armidale campus – is used to conduct a range of agricultural research projects aimed at improving efficiencies and sustainability in industry knowledge.

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley will tour the SMART Farm Innovation Centre (SFIC).

The SFIC is the electronic heart of the farm and serves as a research, education and community engagement facility showcasing the integration of technology, science and farming.

The SMART Farm’s connection to a number of high-speed internet services including the National Broadband Network (NBN), Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) and satellite technology, allow visitors and students to connect remotely to the many live data streams collected across the farm.

His Excellency and Mrs Hurley will be able to view demonstrations on virtual fencing for flexible, real-time control of livestock distribution; wild dog sensing and control technology; weather stations and pasture growth tools; as well as automated and remote temperature sensing, and weight and image analysis technology for sheep.

UNE’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, together with Chancellor James Harris and Professor David Lamb, from the Precision Agriculture Research Group, will host the Vice-Regal visit.