D2D CRC have collaborated with the Sheep CRC to develop new databased products to make sheep management easier and achieve better outcomes for sheep well being and productivity. Many hard to find factors affect the health of sheep, such as access to nutrition or parasite infection. Natural variability and difficulties monitoring the condition of indicial animals across vast properties makes it especially difficult to manage these risks within larger flocks. The Sheep CRC and D2D CRC are working together with agricultural data collection firms to develop an application which adds precision when managing the wellbeing of livestock. The application will complement farmers’ grazing knowledge with detailed data about their livestock, pastures, and genetics, and predict opportunities and threats to their business from the weather, pests or disease. .
Precision to Decision Agriculture
D2D CRC has recently partnered with 14 rural research and development corporations (RDCs) for a unique project aimed at exploiting big data opportunities for the Australian agriculture industry. The project, Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture, will design a solution for the use of big data in agriculture – increasing the profitability of producers, providing clarity about data ownership and access rights, and improving farming strategies. This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme. For more information visit http://www.farminstitute.org.au/P2Dproject