Tuesday Tech & Innovation Talks

Session overview and schedule


What’s behind methane inhibitor development

Presented by:  Maik Kindermann – Senior Director Innovation DSM Firmenich

Maik is the inventor of the methane inhibitor 3-NOP (Bovaer®) and heading the R&D program for the project “Clean Cow” at DSM. At the same time, he is responsible for technology scouting for the business unit in close interaction with the group of dsm-firmenich Venturing. As chemist by training with a background in molecular biology he is working with his team to bring cutting edge technology into the animal nutrition and health sector with a special focus on sustainability topics. Bringing an entrepreneurial spirit as a co-founder of a biotech company in Switzerland, he also worked as a Senior Scientist at Sanofi-Aventis (structural biology) prior to join DSM and project “Clean-Cow”. He holds a PhD in Chemistry and a post-doctoral degree from the EPFL Lausanne (CH) in chemical biology.

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2024 
Time: 9.00am – 10.00am
Venue: NBN Tech & Innovation Stage
Price: Ticketed – Free


Time:  12.30pm – 1.45pm
Price: Free

12.30pm Rural & Remote First Aid – demonstration of the MediSwag incorporating the QR Code – presented by Vicki Revett, Director – Impulse Training

12.45pm About Ag360 – Launch of a new phone app taking you from the desktop to the paddock – presented by Lu Hogan – UNE Ag360

1.00pm The Internet of Cows: how to navigate your on farm connectivity options – presented by Jen Medway, General Manager – Regional Tech Hub

1.15pm Control the uncontrollable:  safeguarding our future in the bush – presented by James Diamond, Co-Founder – Air Agri

1.30pm Connecting producers with research insights – presented by Dr David Swain, Co-Founder – Terracipher


Environmental credentials for grassfed beef
Presented by MLA

Julia has a background in agricultural science, agtech and startup investment. In her role as CN30 Project Manager with Meat & Livestock Australia, she is responsible for identifying high impact R&D opportunities that deliver progress towards the red meat sector’s net zero target by 2030. Prior to joining MLA, Julia was Head of Operations at SproutX, a national accelerator and venture fund for food and agtech startups based in Melbourne.

Speaker: Julia Waite

Date: Monday 6th May 2024
Time: 10.00am – 10.30am
Venue: NBN Tech & Innovation Stage
Price: Free

Connectivity 101
Presented by NBN

With the regional and rural connectivity landscape rapidly changing, how can farmers make sure they are across the options that are available to them to support their on-farm connectivity and digital ag journey?  Join us for a panel discussion from leading rural, regional and remote connectivity advocates and experts about how connectivity is the basis upon which the $20bn agtech revolution can really take off across Australia.


  • Kristy Sparrow – Co-founder, Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote (BIRRR) Australia
  • Jennifer Medway – General Manager, Regional Tech Hub
  • Wendy Hick – Chair, Rural, Regional and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC)
  • Robert Hardie – Executive Manager, Health and Agriculture, NBN Co
  • Facilitator: Sam Dimarco – General Manager, Regional and Remote, NBN Co

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2024 
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Venue: NBN Tech & Innovation Stage
Price: Free

Hungry thirsty cattle? Don’t be
Presented by Farmbot

Farmbot and CiboLabs share a unified objective: ensuring producers can manage and make informed decisions of their pasture and water with the availability of data. These tools deliver near real-time alerts and mapping, empowering beef producers to operate more profitably and sustainably. Designed specifically for the agriculture industry, they leverage world-leading science and connectivity solutions and are readily available across Australia.

Today, in response to the evolving needs of producers, we’re excited to unveil the next phase of remote management. With CiboLabs now integrated into the MyFarmbot platform, tracking and managing resources has never been more efficient. Join Phil Tickle, CiboLabs and Andrew Coppin, Farmbot as they demonstrate how you can manage stock movements based on real-time pasture and water availability.

Speakers: Andrew Coppin, Farmbot and Phil Tickle, CiboLabs

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2024 
Time: 11.45am – 12.15pm
Venue: NBN Tech & Innovation Stage
Price: Free

Telstra tackling barriers to the adoption of smart farming
Presented by Telstra

Telstra’s Executive for Regional Australia, Loretta Willaton will be speaking about the work Telstra is doing to tackle the barriers to the adoption of IoT and smart farming. Loretta will join with Telstra’s Agritech partners to hear the barriers that producers face, the advantages for producers, and the increase in economic value and productivity with the adoption of smart farming,

Starting in the paddock, Telstra together with Agritech providers such as Smart Paddock and FarmBot, are helping empower producers to effortlessly track animals, monitor water resources, and enhance livestock security and sustainability.

Together with the industry, Telstra is helping to revolutionise beef production in Australia through the latest satellite technology and artificial intelligence. Underpinning smart farming, is cutting edge regional connectivity delivered by Telstra together with Zetifi and Starlink that is changing the way our producers run their business.

Panel chat with Farmbot / Zetifi / Smart Paddock  
Speaker:  Loretta Willaton – Executive, Regional Australia

Date: Tuesday 7th  May 2024 
Time: 2.00 – 2.30 pm
Venue: NBN Tech & Innovation Stage
Price: Free

Methane in grazing systems
Presented by Queensland Government

Methane contributes significantly to the red meat industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, making up approximately 79% of total emissions. This presentation investigates the methane cycle in beef production and the impact continuous methane emissions have on the climate. The implications of this for targets such as carbon neutrality on farm will also be explored through the lens of recent from the Method to Market Project conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Speaker: Josh Peart, Scientist, Extensive Livestock Systems RD&E – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Date: Tuesday 7th  May 2024 
Time:  2.45pm – 3.15pm
Venue: NBN Tech & Innovation Stage
Price: Free

Measure what matters
Presented by Black Box Co

In this practical presentation, producers will discover the transformative potential of collecting individual animal data on farm and how to make the most out of the data they receive from feedlots and abattoirs. The session will delve into the importance of leveraging technology and existing data sources to gather specific and comprehensive information about each animal, ranging from health, production and profitability. Emphasizing the actionable insights derived from this data, the presentation will outline key decision-making opportunities for producers. Attendees will learn how harnessing individual animal data empowers them to make informed choices about breeding, nutrition, and overall herd management. Shannon will showcase the crushside options and methods for efficient data collection, ensuring that farmers can seamlessly integrate these strategies into their existing workflows. Producers will be equipped with the knowledge and motivation to optimize their operations, enhancing productivity, and promoting the well-being of their livestock. This session promises to be a catalyst for innovation, inspiring farmers to embrace the future of precision agriculture through the strategic use of individual animal data.

Speaker: Shannon Speight, Founder and CEO, Black Box Co.

Date: Tuesday 7th  May 2024 
Time: 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue: NBN Tech & Innovation Stage
Price: Free

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