• • • ARGERSENS are running virtual rings around the competition with the official commercial launch of the e-Shepherd at Beef 2018
Launched by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Tim Fischer AC, the eShepherd is a GPS enabled, solar powered smart collar system which enables producers to ‘virtually’ fence and monitor their cattle.
The CSIRO began work on the training program and technology in 2004, with Agersens becoming involved in 2012. The collar, developed by Agersens using CSIRO research, was an example of future technologies the world needed. Precision agriculture and enabling technologies, such as the eShepherd, was the best way to respond. To mark the milestone, the first commercial collar produced was donated by Agersens to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Agersens, chief executive officer, Ian Reilly, said the virtual fence would revolutionise producers’ profitability, productivity and sustainability.