"Technology is the best way to optimise the farm and our practices before passing it on to the next generation."
Red Hill Farm is located in Barraba, a town 90 kilometres north of Tamworth, NSW, a region deeply affected by the drought after two years without rain (from 2017 to 2019).
Red Hill Farm owner, Luke Bowman and his family have been in the region for over 100 years and are currently third-generation farmers. Luke is now preparing to hand on his 2,400-hectare farm to his three sons. He sees technology as the best way to optimise the farm and their practices before passing it on to the next generation. One of the challenges they hoped to address with technology was water monitoring.
Red Hill Farm counts 700 breeding cows, which can each consume up to 200L/day of water. To sustain the cows, the farm has 8 water tanks, and up to 50 active troughs at any given time. To ensure utilised paddocks have enough water and there are no leaks, a daily water run is required. This task is estimated to take roughly two hours out of their morning. Luke felt that the way he and his family had been operating was inefficient and could be improved with technology.