Prestigious award for UNE researcher

14 Mar 2018

PICTURED: Mr Joyce, award winner Jamie Barwick and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud at the UNE

Smart Farm recently.


Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has congratulated researcher, Jamie Barwick, on his recent presentation at the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.


The University of New England (UNE) academic and lecturer was the recipient of the Australian Wool Innovation Award for his work in precision livestock monitoring systems.


His Science and Innovation project, which will be funded for 12 months under the award, will use motion sensors and GPS trackers attached to the animals to detect changes in activity and movement.


Mr Barwick was unable to attend the award presentation ceremony in Canberra, however Mr Joyce and the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, were serendipitously touring UNE’s Smart Farm earlier this week where he was a guest presenter.


“It’s great to be recognised like this and have the ability to fund an industry I’m passionate about,” Mr Barwick said.


Mr Joyce said it is a privilege to have local people like Jamie at the cutting edge of farming research and development.


“Agriculture and the livestock industry underpin a big part of our economy here in the New England,” he said.


“It’s fantastic to meet those who are helping progress local industry and drive productivity in the rural sector for the benefit of all Australians.”    


The Science Awards recognise big ideas from young rural innovators that contribute to the success of Australia’s agriculture sector.



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