THE same technology that allows a gamer to stand in front of a television and throw a virtual football down a field is now being used to measure the height, weight and fat content of stock, in real-time.
NSW DPI research scientist Dr Brad Walmsley, presented his research at the NextGen Livestock Forum in Blayney on Thursday.
“Utilising two X-Box Kinect style cameras, we can produce a system to take the guesswork out of cattle assessment,” he said,
“The system uses 3D images captured by cameras, such as Xbox, to assess the livestock’s characteristics.
“On average 10 to 20 per cent of cattle sent to abattoirs are penalised for not meeting market specifications and farmers are losing close to $35 per animal – or $700,000 for every 20,000 cattle.”