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Livestock Innovation Forum to showcase the latest in farm technology

The latest innovations in livestock technology for the sheep and cattle sectors will be showcased at a Livestock Innovation Forum to be held in Armidale on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 November.

Northern Tablelands and North West Local Land Services (LLS), the University of New England (UNE), CSIRO, NSW Farmers, NSW DPI and Practical Systems have teamed up to present the Livestock Innovation Forum at UNE's Smart Farm Innovation Centre.

Technical experts and farmers who are already using this technology will explain and demonstrate how the latest livestock management devices and interactive systems can be practically used on farm. The Northern Tablelands LLS promotes innovative thinking and the use of technology as tools to help improve farm efficiency and sustainable management.  

Landholders, Brad Wooldridge and Matt Ryan, will discuss how they transfer data captured on farm and from industry feedback into smart decisions in their farming businesses.

As well as looking at technology in the here and now, the two day forum will also highlight the future potential of blue sky technologies that could revolutionise agriculture as we know it, such as gaming technology which is being used to transform live animal assessment and improve market compliance rates in beef cattle.  

An outdoor drone display will demonstrate how these devices can carry out routine farm activities like checking troughs and monitoring pasture growth, followed by a presentation from farmer, Neil Gardyne, who is already using drones on his sheep property in New Zealand.

The two day Livestock Innovation Forum will feature local and international speakers from the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand, CSIRO, UNE, Local Land Services, meat processor Teys Australia and NSW Farmers President, Derek Schoen.

The Northern Tablelands LLS App will also be launched at the Livestock Innovation Forum.  The App is the latest online development on offer to landholders on the Northern Tablelands supplying real time messages on vital matters such as flood warnings in your area and essential information on disease biosecurity. 

To RSVP or for more information about the Livestock Innovation Forum phone Jason Siddell on 0459 162 295.