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Andrew Slade – 2018 Nuffield Scholar

Andrew Slade from West Kendenup in Western Australia, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by CSBP and Integro Private Wealth.

He will investigate potential productivity gains for livestock production systems, focusing on precision livestock management using the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and autonomous systems.

Andrew is the cropping and feedlot manager of his family’s 5000ha broadacre cropping and mixed livestock enterprise. In addition to this, he is stud principal of their maternal composite sheep stud.

He said aside from improvements in sheep handling equipment and technology, livestock production systems are being left behind by broadacre cropping and other agriculture industries in terms of advancements and adoption in automation, internet-based monitoring and predictive tools.

“Broadacre livestock production is typically labour intensive and is increasingly losing favour with primary producers in exchange for cropping systems which have seen major productivity gains with Global Positioning Systems, Variable Rate Technology and advancements in autonomous systems” Andrew said.

“In order to improve profitability and remain competitive with other primary enterprises we need to adapt existing and develop new technologies that can reduce labour inputs, better utilise existing natural resources and improve animal welfare.

“In addition to investigating what technology is available, I would like to quantify the potential industry benefits of IoT systems and big data, as well as identify barriers to adoption and what is needed to facilitate the uptake of emerging technology.”

Andrew will travel to New Zealand, North America and Europe.

Phone: 0433 779 426

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