Solar powered GPS tagging for efficient and accurate herd tracking

Post by 
Chris Simpson
Published 
April 20, 2020
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he laborious task of tracking our animals, ensuring they are accounted for and safe can be costly and not always effective. Sometimes farm staff can spend a whole day looking over the geography of a farm in search of a calf or injured animal. Up until now, tracking devices have either been expensive, arguable unethical due to their size and weight or simply not effective.

For optimal operations across current and future farms, we have taken advantage of a new kind of GPS tagging that allows us to remotely track and trace our cattle over long distances, even in remote areas without mobile coverage.

Brisbane-based agri tech company mOOvement has produced a GPS tag the size of a standard management tag. This is a new offering in cattle monitoring as traditionally, the tech was a very expensive and power-hungry application, requiring heavy batteries, large housing and arguably unethical to be placed on the ear of a cow.

The reusable GPS ear tags are powered by a battery and integrated solar panel allowing us to view our cattle and make herd management and animal welfare decisions quickly. With our animals only tagged a few weeks ago, this tech is already proving its cost and time benefits while enabling optimal decision-making for our herds.

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