Precision technologies in pasture-based production will be developed in a new research initiative between Teagasc, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), and True North Mapping (TNM), a commercial Shannon-based company.
Teagasc will focus on development, interpretation and integration of precision technologies in pasture-based systems.WIT experts will focus on developing sensors and biosensors to capture data at farm level and TNM will focus on technologies for automated pasture measurement, and sensors for monitoring animal activity. A key outcome will be to provide the end user with real time solutions to both animal and pasture based management issues.
The PrecisionDairy research project is being coordinated by Dr Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc and Dr William Donnelly of WIT.
It was launched by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney at the National Ploughing Championships.
At the launch, Science Foundation Ireland Director General Prof Mark Ferguson, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government, said: “SFI is working in partnership with Teagasc to support excellent and impactful research in the agri-food sector. PrecisionDairy is the type of innovative e-agriculture research project that is essential to maintaining Ireland’s status as a leader in agri-food.”
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