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MLA and Ruralco to deliver aerial drone innovation

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Ruralco Holdings Ltd (Ruralco) have launched an innovation partnership that will refine new approaches to monitoring and maintaining pasture and herds through aerial drones.  

The project, delivered by MLA Donor Company (MDC) will engage directly with producers to develop an aerial drone strategy for the benefit of the red meat and livestock industry. The project will also map the current use of aerial drones and identify the future development needs around how aerial drones can be used more effectively on-farm.

The collaboration will focus on developing Australian-specific insights and unique algorithms for livestock producers with Ruralco’s partner PrecisionHawk, the leading drone, data collection and analytics company in the United States. 

Initially running for 12 months, the project will engage with producers and rural communities through a series of hands-on demonstrations showing the current capabilities of aerial drone technologies.  

Ruralco CEO and Managing Director, Travis Dillon, said drone technology was facilitating data-driven decision making in agriculture.  “Farmers can better analyse issues which affect productivity and sustainability such as effective nutrient delivery, livestock health, and combat biosecurity issues.”

“Together, Ruralco and MLA are well positioned to deliver innovative technology through Ruralco’s national outlets.  With PrecisionHawk we will be able to access the latest farmer-friendly apps used to analyse agricultural data as used in the USA, South America and Europe," Mr Dillon said. 

(From MLA Industry News - 2 August 2017)