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SmartShepherd collars are used on livestock for 48 hours to determine maternal/offspring relationships. The collars are robust and do not require access to networks or phone systems to work, so can be deployed anywhere. A handheld RFID scanner is used to allocate collars to animals, speeding up the process (up to 120 animals / hour).

The results are generally provided within 48 hours of the data being collected from the collars (compared to 3 months for genomic parentage testing). SmartShepherd is provided in Australia by Sheepmatters – service providers train the user and then the system is rented for as long as required rather than being directly purchased. If you are differentially feeding twin-bearing ewes, the SmartShepherd solution allows you to quickly identify non-performing animals so they can be removed from getting access to excess feed. Longer term, distinct maternal genetic differences can be identified to reduce lamb losses and increase productivity.

The system can easily be deployed on mobs up to to 700 animals by two operators.