To get access to SmartShepherd in Australia, you can contact Sheepmatters directly. Sheepmatters are the exclusive distributor for SmartShepherd rentals in Australia.
SmartShepherd is also available in New Zealand and Chile - please use the Booking form to make an enquiry for those countries.
For other countries, we are looking for distributors with strong local connections who are already running a service provision business for Livestock. Please use the contact form to get in touch if you are interested in setting up SmartShepherd in your territory.
The SmartShepherd system addresses the shortcomings of genomic testing and traditional mothering up. It is more accurate than traditional mothering up and far more cost effective than genomic testing.
The system works by attaching a small device to both the mothers and offspring of your herd. When the devices are attached (using a collar), the visual or RFID of your animal is recorded alongside the SmartShepherd pod. The animals are then released for two days (or longer), after which the pods are collected and switched off. We have the option of using a standard button style eartag for attachment.
Once you have collected the devices, their data can be read at your leisure back in the office. The information is automatically sent back to SmartShepherd and results returned quickly (typically under 24 hours).
The pods are waterproof and sturdy – using a collar means they can be quickly re-used on further groups of animals meaning you only have to purchase as many as your largest management group. Data is handled efficiently and can be translated into many different software packages for further use in your operation. The system uses a small battery to power the devices, in typical use a battery will last one season of multiple deployments with replacements cheaply available from SmartShepherd.