James Cook University researchers are developing a high-tech ear tag that could revolutionise the livestock industry.
Teaming up to develop a smart ear tag
We have brought together our deep technology expertise and animal science know-how and teamed up with commercial partner, Ceres Tag, to tackle this problem with a smart ear tag.
An example of new digital technology which will deliver these objectives is Ceres Tag, a high retention, NLIS compliant livestock smart ear tag. Ceres Tag is the brain child of David Smith, a materials engineer with a passion for agriculture. After years of working internationally David and his family returned to Australia where they had family and friends in the agricultural industry.
Queensland IoT startup Ceres Tag has teamed up with CSIRO and its IT R&D arm, Data 61, to develop a connected ear tag for cattle that will enable the location, movement and temperature of the cow to be continuously monitored remotely.
Ceres Tag founder and CEO David Smith told IoT Hub that, while there were other cattle monitoring devices on the market or under development, a key differentiator for Ceres Tag was that it would be fully compliant with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) because its battery does not need replacing.
Read about our new collaboration partners and what we’ve been up to at Ceres Tag.
By Beef Central, 13 February 2018
A new smart ear tag designed to give cattle producers more flexibility over grazing management, to locate livestock remotely and alert them to stock theft has moved a step closer to commercialisation this week.
Cattle producers in the Maranoa will get a glimpse of future livestock identification and management technologies when Ceres Tags CEO David Smith speaks at the upcoming Muckadilla TopCrop Field Day to be held at Maree Downs, Amby on March 16.
Ceres Tag Pty Ltd is developing a smart ear tag for livestock which delivers GPS positioning, movement and health monitoring.
“These Queensland businesses already report they have several strong leads to significant new business opportunities in areas including agricultural biotechnology, big data and farm management.”
Queensland’s startups participating in the trade mission were Agrihive, Bioproton, BlockGrain, Ceres Tag Pty, Hydrox Technologies, IoT Australasia, Movus, Nexgen Plants, Scout Aerial Media and Surveying, Sustainable Organic Solutions, and V-Tol Aerospace.
The Palaszczuk Government partnered with Startup Catalyst and Austrade to deliver this month’s trade mission to Israel.
David Smith grew up on the land and, despite heading to the big smoke to become an engineer, he never forgot his roots.
He married a woman who also came from the land, and it was a visit to her parents’ property in the South Burnett that led to a lightbulb moment that could improve life for graziers across the globe.
“I used to be in the energy industry and I left that industry a few years ago and wanted to get back to my roots,” Mr Smith said.