Remote livestock management system wins National Landcare Award

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A remote livestock management system developed by Precision Pastoral Pty Ltd in partnership with Ninti One Limited and the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has won the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award at the National Landcare Awards.

Precision Pastoral’s Remote Livestock Management System (RLMS) identifies, weighs and drafts individual animals using satellite technology without on-site labour requirements.

The RLMS is installed at watering points, which means the animals walk over the weighing platform to access water. Their ear tags are scanned as they cross the platform and the solar powered RLMS transmits data back to pastoralists, creating a detailed herd profile.

Once cattle live weight has been collected, data from a satellite pasture mapping system, which measures pasture yield and weather, is also fed into the system.

Data on liveweight, and pasture greenness and yield can then be extrapolated to relate livestock performance to environmental conditions and help pastoralists maximise pasture yield without overgrazing.

The precision pastoral system was originally developed by Ninti One and the Co-operative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, led by Northern Territory researcher Sally Leigo. Precision Pastoral came on board as the commercial partner in May 2017.

The RLMS system has been used on Central Australia’s Mount Riddock Station, which runs approximately 11,500 head of cattle across 266,000 hectares. The farm had been losing around 11 kilograms per beast every muster, but the low-stress stock handling of the RLMS provided an immediate economic benefit, saving around $9,000 each muster.

The National Landcare Awards were presented on Thursday 11 October as part of the National Landcare Conference in Brisbane.

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