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14 July, 2020

Callan talks from AgriTech "heart"

When it comes to preserving a viable Australian agriculture industry, no one is more invested than the next generation of farmers themselves, according to Callan Daley (pictured), 21, formerly of Longreach.

By Edwina Watson RURAL LEADER JOURNALIST

"AgriTech is at the very heart of a viable Australian agriculture industry," Mr Daley said. "My experience tells me that, with direction, encouragement and the right information, each farmer grasps the chance to be an effective steward of the land.

Described as a dedicated and passionate youth "agvocate" challenging the perceptions of Australia’s rural sector, Mr Daley was recently appointed Hardware and Operations Manager of an exciting South Australian based AgriTech start-up MEQ Probe.

In his role, Mr Daley applies the latest scanning technology to assess fat content and distribution in lamb and beef carcasses.

"In abattoirs, machine learning predicts the intramuscular fat of each carcass and this has a very close correlation to overall eating quality and consumer enjoyment," Mr Daley said.

Mr Daley was raised on the beef cattle station La Mancha, 100 kilometres north-west of Longreach, but said his venture into processing facilities had not undermined his connection to the land.

"Since COVID-19, Australia understands its commodities are critical, and that is what drives my focus on food quality and security" Mr Daley said. "Through AgriTech, I can make a tangible contribution to the industry I love."


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