Video Investigating robotics in food production: video

TLF ID M020771

This is a video (5:04 min) and supporting resources examines how technology improves the operations of a robotic dairy. The video begins by describing how the automated system improves dairy farmers’ lifestyles and allows them to concentrate on pasture management and the care of individual cows. It describes elements of the automated system including the herd-management software; the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags that provides data to the robotic systems that manages milking and feeding; and the cameras that enable the farmer to centrally monitor the process. The supporting activities guide students to design a solution for a primary industry challenge.

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Educational value
  • This is a most valuable resource for studies of agricultural innovation in the design and technologies curriculum for years 7 and 8, and 9 and 10. The automated robotic dairy system shown in the video is highly relevant to 7 and 8 content descriptions that refer to analysing how food is produced when designing managed environments and how to produce designed solutions through selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment. The designed solution implemented at the dairy combines a range of technologies, a fully voluntary cow movement and milking operation, and daily access to three different sections of pasture.
  • The dairy provides an excellent case study for the years 9 and 10 content description about how products, services and environments evolve with consideration of preferred futures and the impact of emerging technologies on design decisions.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • Design and technologies
  • Technologies

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
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  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • © Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia 2016. Except where indicated otherwise, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons BY 3.0 International licence