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Amy Cosby

Jaime Manning

Mark Trotter

Dr. Amy Cosby is a Research Fellow – Agri-tech Education and Extension at CQUniversity Australia with a Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a PhD in Precision Agriculture. Amy is a leading practitioner and researcher in the field of student and teacher engagement within the agricultural industry and has extensive experience in leading large projects with a wide range of partners. She lives and works from South Gippsland, Victoria and with her husband owns and operates a 200-cow dairy farm. Amy currently works with educators, researchers and industry professionals to develop innovative programs to increase the skills and knowledge of teachers and students in agricultural concepts, tools and systems. Amy has conducted numerous surveys with both educators and students to evaluate their current level of agricultural knowledge and perception of the industry from a range of rural and urban locations. Her objective is to use the knowledge derived from this research to design programs which showcase and attract the next generation agricultural workforce to the industry from diverse backgrounds.

Dr Jaime Manning is a lecturer in Agriculture within the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity Australia, based in Rockhampton. Currently, she teaches animal production, behaviour, welfare and new and emerging technologies into the CQUni agriculture degree program. She has a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (First Class Honours) and a PhD in Precision Livestock from The University of Sydney. Jaime’s main research interests are using and incorporating technology on farm to improve the level of monitoring and welfare of livestock (cattle and sheep), whilst providing invaluable information into how we manage livestock and detect issues as they arise in extensive production systems.  Her experience in livestock tracking, technology in Agriculture and research ensures that activities and professional development opportunities developed by the Agri-tech Education and Extension Research team are industry relevant and highlight current issues facing the sector.

Associate Professor Mark Trotter (B.RUSC (Hons), PhD) is a researcher in Precision Livestock at CQU. Mark’s research is all about getting technology working on farms to improve production efficiency, either by increasing production and price or reducing costs. He specialises in on-animal sensing and feed-base monitoring and management. Mark is involved in research that applies on-animal sensors to detect a range of issues such disease detection, life-time welfare monitoring and animal-pasture interactions. Mark is a passionate educator and has taught and developed numerous tertiary units in precision agriculture and grazing systems. He is particularly interested in engaging primary and secondary students in agricultural technology and has been involved in several key projects that deliver learning materials into schools.


Eloise Fogarty

Dr Eloise Fogarty has a PhD from CQUniversity and her research focuses on the use of on-animal sensor technology, including accelerometers, for autonomous welfare monitoring of sheep. Specifically, Eloise has used tracking technologies to monitor ewe behaviour during labour and subsequently developed her own lambing detection models using machine learning. Prior to commencing her PhD, she worked at Merial Australia, a global veterinary pharmaceutical company as a Research and Development Associate. During this time, she was responsible for the development and conduct of multiple clinical research programs for livestock and companion animals.