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Virtual Herding Project Webinar

Start date: 17-09-2020

End date: 17-09-2020

Duration: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PHT

Organised by: Dairy Australia - Virtual Herding Project

Location: Victoria, Australia


  • Livestock


“Enhancing the profitability and productivity of livestock farming through virtual herding technology” is a 4-year project that began in July, 2016 and received $2.6 million from the Australian Government through its Rural R&D for Profit program.

The webinar will present the main findings from the Virtual Herding Project and the implications for the livestock industries in Australia. Using Virtual Herding technology, the Project Team investigated the potential to; constrain animals to certain areas for better grazing management and environmental outcomes, autonomously herd animals, or move individual or groups of animals in a herd differently to the rest of that herd.

Fundamental research involving behavioural observations and physiological measurements was critical to ensure that the technology does not compromise animal welfare. In addition, the Project Team has developed an understanding of the learning, management and ethical challenges faced by farmers that may implement VH on their farms.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Dana Campbell, CSIRO
  • Dr Megan Verdon, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Sabrina Lomax, University of Sydney
  • Dr Danila Marini, University of New England
  • Ms Nikki Reichelt and Dr Brendan Cullen, University of Melbourne

Register for this webinar to know more about this exciting technology that is likely to be commercially available to the northern Australia beef industry early next year.

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