Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe
NT Cattle Stations Managed From Space In Global First
Victor P Taffa
Cattle producers across the Northern Territory could soon be monitoring their herd from space, with ground breaking technology set to save pastoralists labour, time and money.
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe said the revolutionary Precision Pastoral Management Systems (PPMS) is a game changer for industry.
“The Northern Territory Government invested $1.8 Million in a collaborative project with the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP), to drive innovation in the cattle industry.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
“This is targeted research to deliver the PPMS; an integrated package of tools and technologies that automate the management of livestock remotely including weigh, muster and draft animals automatically and report on cattle live weight and pasture condition.”
“Satellites are used to monitor pasture and transmit cattle data via telemetry; for the first time, beef producers will be able to base their decisions on contemporary data without labour on the ground, or additional skills and time.”
“Trials on five properties across the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia have been overwhelmingly successful; we believe the use of PPMS could see sales revenues increase by up to $79,000 p.a. per station, while also reducing annual costs by $18,000.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
Consolidated Pastoral Company’s Newcastle Waters station in the Barkly Tablelands and the Hayes’ family’s Undoolya Station in Central Australia are taking part in the trial.
Minister Westra van Holthe said the Country Liberals Government is committed to assisting pastoralists to save time and money, while improving productivity.
“This is an exciting time for industry; the technology is currently in the process of being commercialised with the aim of hosting two industry field days towards the middle of next year to demonstrate the PPMS more broadly.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.