Livestock

Virtual fence deal signed

By Country News

Agri-tech company Agersens and CSIRO have signed a collaboration agreement to develop and commercialise livestock technologies made possible by eShepherd.

eShepherd is a smart collar system for livestock, enabling cattle producers to create ‘virtual fences’.

Using a smartphone, tablet or PC, producers can remotely fence, muster and monitor their livestock 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

This virtual fencing system uses a GPS-enabled, solar-powered smart collar containing a CSIRO-developed algorithm to train cattle to stay within the virtual boundary when they hear an audio cue from the collar.

The technology was patented by CSIRO and is licensed exclusively to Agersens worldwide.

Agersens chief executive officer Ian Reilly said the technology had the capacity to revolutionise livestock farming globally by unlocking value from the digital transformation of the beef and dairy industries.

‘‘Using eShepherd, beef and dairy producers will be able to improve the grazing control and wellbeing of livestock and protect wildlife from the danger of entanglement in traditional fences,’’ Mr Reilly said.

‘‘This will lead to more productive and profitable farms.

‘‘eShepherd will also benefit the environment by keeping livestock out of sensitive areas like waterways.’’

Mr Reilly said eShepherd had a huge potential market in beef and dairy herds worldwide, with future opportunities to adapt the product for sheep, deer, pigs, goats, camels and other livestock.

Agersens has already received orders for thousands of eShepherd collars from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

■Producers can join the waitlist by emailing Agersens at: info@agersens.com