Peabody Australia is a leading example of embracing technology with an Australian first for mining on rehabilitated land after the company began cattle trials with GPS enabled collars, said the Queensland Resources Council.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said this was another example of world-class rehabilitation and the sector’s appetite to invest in cutting edge technology.
“This is fantastic work by Peabody to not only work with local landholders to co-exist but to implement a technology that will ensure 24/7 data monitoring of the cattle,” Mr Macfarlane said.
Peabody said it had partnered with Agersens to implement the eShepherd technology on ten livestock from neighbouring landholders at the company’s Burton mine, 30km from Moranbah.
“The device allows Peabody to monitor the cows’ movements and eating patterns on rehabilitated land via an app and enables virtual fences,” Mr Macfarlane said. “Technology and innovation are changing the way we operate in resources and the QRC launched a training program this week with the State Government and TAFE to teach our workforce about big data. The Sustaining Digital Futures Project starts today in Moranbah and will explain that our sector is no longer just about digging holes, instead we are seeing resources companies building high-tech capacity into their operations to improve safety and efficiency.”
QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland‘s resource sector. The Queensland resources sector provides one in every five dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 15,400 businesses and community organisations across the State, all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.
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