Farm Systems & Environment

AgResearch to trial new virtual fencing technology

6 June 2017
Virtual fencing trial|Agricultural Research|AgResearch NZ

AgResearch and Agersens have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to understand the application of an innovative new virtual fencing technology to farms in New Zealand.

The MoU will enable the two parties to work together to run trials and evaluate the operation and effectiveness of the Agersens’ eShepherd technology in New Zealand’s pastoral farming conditions.

The technology is an alternative to conventional fencing for livestock on farms, and uses a collar and an app that enables farmers to fence, move, or monitor their livestock using their smartphones – from anywhere, anytime.

“We are excited to be working with AgResearch to develop new ways to improve the productivity and sustainability of New Zealand dairy and beef industries,” says Agersens Managing Director Ian Reilly.

“As a world leader developing and applying new innovation to pasture grazing systems, AgResearch is a great collaboration partner to study the application of eShepherd to New Zealand’s unique environmental and agricultural systems.”

AgResearch Chief Executive Tom Richardson says: “This is an exciting new frontier for technology on farms, and we are looking forward to working with Agersens to see how it can bring benefits to New Zealand farm system productivity and environmental performance”.

As New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch partners with the pastoral sector to identify and deliver innovation that is needed to create value for New Zealand.

Agersens is an Australian agricultural technology company developing eShepherd – a system for dairy and beef cattle. Based in Melbourne, Agersens is recognised as the world leader in livestock virtual fencing having an exclusive license to CSIRO virtual fencing intellectual property, with Gallagher NZ as a strategic partner.