Tinder for cows, a weather forecast for your own farm, and drone technology to save time on foot are all part of the ways technology is benefiting the agricultural industry.
Cutting-edge technologies take centre stage at the 2018 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo at King’s Park from February 16 to 18, in an array of fascinating apps and devices.
The Good Bulls app by business PregRite Genetics is allowing farmers to meet their breeding objectives by sorting, filtering, shortlisting and exporting bulls to meet the farmers’ preferences.
‘‘It helps you pick bulls using a phone or tablet and it’s another tool we use to pick the right bull for your cow,’’ PregRite Genetics owner and technician Garth Matthews said.
Agriculture technology company The Yield has created an app called Sensing+ which converts data collected from on-farm sensors into a seven-day weather forecast.
The company’s free app is the only application to show figures for evapotranspiration, the sum of evaporation off the earth’s surface and plant transpiration, crunching 2.5 million Bureau of Meteorology data records every six days to predict the weekly amount of evapotranspiration to aid growers.
‘‘Growers face enormous uncertainty trying to pre-empt weather, and its impact can be disastrous. But many still rely on weather apps that might be showing data from hundreds of kilometres away,’’ The Yield founder and managing director Ros Harvey said.
The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held at Kings Park in Seymour. For more information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent off the gate price, visit www.seymourexpo.com.au.