AUSTRALIA - Dairy Australia has successfully obtained a grant for the development of virtual herding technology, which will fund research into managing individual grazing animals and better matching their feeding requirements with the availability of feed.
Virtual herding or fencing technology will allow farms to manage both individual and small groups of animals within a herd better and will contribute to a reduction in labour required to move and draft cattle.
“This project will put Australian livestock industries at the forefront of applying advanced digital technologies,” said Dairy Australia managing director, Ian Halliday. “Virtual fencing and herding technology has the potential to transform individual, small group and entire herd management.”
By keeping animals out of sensitive areas and managing overgrazing, virtual herding will also help to improve environmental and animal welfare outcomes and give farm managers a better way to manage animal health and welfare.
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