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Remote Control Cattle

29 December 2008

AUSTRALIA - Mustering cattle while lying on a beach thousands of kilometres away could soon be just a click away.

A revolution in the pastoral industry is taking place with the emergence of new technologies to monitor and manage livestock and pastoral stations by remote control, according to the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre.

Weekly Times Now reports Andy Bubb, who heads the CRC’s 21st Century Pastoralism project, saying that new remote management technologies being tested may soon allow farmers to muster cattle that are ready for market “any time, and from any place in the world, provided you’ve got an internet connection”.

"It’s a new approach that gives the pastoralist unprecedented information about individual livestock on a daily basis – something we’ve never had before," he said.

"This leads to fingertip control of their management and more informed decisions, including when to market them. It’s the kind of control a dairy farmer has – only in a pastoral enterprise spread over thousands of square kilometres."



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