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William Harrington

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

William Harrington, from Richmond in north west Queensland, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by John Deere. He will study the global use of remote monitoring technologies in agriculture and how adoption can be increased by beef producers in Australia.

With a background in pastoral beef grazing and computer engineering, William is well placed to take on this challenge.

He is involved in the daily running of his family’s Olga Downs and Kolonga stations, which cover 16,000 hectares and support 2000 head of cattle. He has also set up an electronics company that supplies remote monitoring cameras and tank sensors to beef producers, irrigators, universities and environmental groups across Australia and overseas.

William says remote monitoring technologies have become integral to many cropping and horticultural enterprises but, despite big potential for improving efficiencies, were yet to be seriously embraced by the Australian beef industry.

“I would like to understand more about the attitudes towards using these technologies by a range of overseas farmers, industries and countries and the adoption rates,” he says.

“Armed with this knowledge, I can be involved in developing new technologies that are practical, reliable, cost-effective, and better match the needs of Australia’s beef industry to help lift efficiency and productivity.”

William plans to use his scholarship to visit Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Europe, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Location: Richmond, Queensland
Mobile: 0428 418 531
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