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William Harrington

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

William Harrington, from Richmond in north west Queensland, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by John Deere. He studied 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 was 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 and a wireless internet service provider to provide internet connectivity to remote stations in the Richmond district.

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 wanted 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 used his scholarship to visit Japan, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA.

Location: Richmond, Queensland
Mobile: 0428 418 531
Scholarship report: click to view
Returning Scholar presentation: watch video
Scholar profile: click to view

William Harrington was supported by:

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