Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

John W. Steele and Bob Comfort – Norwood

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Bob Comfort, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West Lou Rinaldi and John Steele

Bob Comfort, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West Lou Rinaldi and John Steele

When John Steele wanted to expand his sheep flock to more than 1,000 ewes, he knew that accurate and rapid data collection was critical – yet challenging as all of the data collected in the field had to be manually entered at the farm office.  This manual collection system left a lot of room for error.  In 2006, with a hardy hand held device and radio frequency identification (RFID) tag reader developed, Steele worked with Bob Comfort’s Ewebyte Software to create a program that allows shepherds to collect and review data in the field on the durable hand held device.  The software can integrate with other flock management software, reduces labour and improves farm safety.

 


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