Automatic Pest Bird Management System
About the Technology
The AVIX Autonomic Mark II is a fully automated, laser-based bird repellent system. The randomness of the laser beam also discourages bird habituation because they cannot pre-empt its movement. The system enables growers to choose from a selection of pre-loaded laser patterns and change the coverage area via their mobile phone.
This trial involved one AVIX Autonomic Mark II system, installed in a commercial peanut crop in Bundaberg where the dominant pest bird species were magpie geese and wood ducks. The unit was mounted 3m above the ground and set to cover an area of approximately 30ha, including a farm dam. The system was only operated during peak bird presence, i.e., in early morning and evening, for the entire growing season from November to March.
This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:
- What the technology is
- How the trial was done
- Cost/benefit analysis
- Grower feedback
- Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology
Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.
Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative
The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.
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