The Digital Homestead project had four major research streams:
- Development of livestock monitoring solutions
- Development of pasture monitoring solutions
- Understanding cattle and environment interactions
- Dashboard development
The digital homestead project has successfully demonstrated improved on-farm management of animals through gathering data via a wireless sensor network. This data is synthesised and presented in a user-friendly format that can be used to improve beef herd management and increase the proportion of animals meeting market specifications.
However, further investment in integration, such as inclusion of the pasture remote sensing technologies into the data dashboard as well as more sophisticated data analytics and decision support tools is required. The ultimate utility of the project will be dependent upon further development in collaboration with end-users and industry to form a coherent set of industry standards.