The JCU eResearch Centre along with other JCU academics, CSIRO, QUT, Queensland Department Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAF Queensland) have published a final summary report for the Digital Homestead. The project involves collecting real-time property data on livestock, pasture and the environment by remote technologies (such as walk-over weighing scales, satellite images, GPS collars and weather stations), information external to the farm (meat schedules local sale results and weather forecasts) and integrating this information to be viewed at the homestead on the one simple, user friendly computer screen known as the ‘Dashboard’. The aim of implementing these technologies and the dashboard is to reduce labour, operating and management costs by providing the grazier with the information to make timely and informed decisions. The report is available here.
The project is partially funded through the QLD Government Smart Futures fund ($700,000). The technology is being developed and tested at CSIRO’s Lansdown Research Station.