In this episode we’re talking about data sharing – the importance of standardising data and creating data sharing ecosystems.

Data sharing and collaboration has been a popular topic on the podcast, with many of our guests talking about data sharing as the ‘next big thing’ when it comes to agtech.

Therefore, in this episode we speak to Terracipher technical director Dave Swain about their product Trakka, a data sharing infrastructure they’re trialling that allows farmers to control their data flow and aims to generate more value for the red meat industry.

We’re also joined by seedstock and commercial cattle farmer Julian Carroll, who speaks about how data standardisation can improve decision-making on farm.

And we also have on podcast regular, South Australian cattle and sheep farm and agtech adoption specialist Dr Penny Schulz, to discuss the importance of trust when it comes to data sharing.



Penny and her husband Jason run a family sheep and cattle operation at Field in South Australia’s Limestone Coast region. She also works off-farm delivering projects to the livestock industry and university teaching, with her expertise in the fields of agtech adoption, livestock genetics and farm business management. Penny has been appointed to the role of Livestock Technical Specialist with the SA Drought Resilience, Adoption and Innovation Hub, with a focus on farmer adoption – an area of great passion for Penny.


After thirty years of successful research Dave Swain left his role as a university academic and founded TerraCipher. TerraCipher was established with a goal to build technology solutions that deliver ‘Insight into Impact’. Dave is driven to deliver impact from research and lift opportunities for businesses to leverage value from data. Dave provides strategic direction, technical oversight and coordinates research with a strong focus on partnerships between industry and academia. Dave demonstrates a unique blend of technical excellence coupled with a pragmatic practical approach to delivering innovative solutions. His leadership in several successful commercialisation activities is a testament to his ability to turn ‘Insight into Impact’.


Julian Carroll is the principal of Stellar Livestock – a seedstock and commercial beef enterprise based in Mudgegonga, Victoria. Julian is the Regional Chair of SALRC (Southern Australian Livestock Research Council) for Central Victoria and sits on the Angus Australia Genetic Evaluation Consultative Committee. Prior to returning to the family farm in 2008, Julian ran an IT consultancy in Melbourne developing data intensive apps for web and mobile.