Welcome to SwarmFarm Robotics.
After turning to bigger, faster and heavier machines on our own farms, we came to realise that bigger machinery wasn’t necessarily better. In a mad rush to become more efficient, we had lost sight of the best way to grow crops. We were compromising optimal crop growth, over machine efficiency.
To keep up with the growth in human population, more food will have to be produced over the next 50 years than has been during the past 10,000 years. At the same time, agriculture needs to reduce its impact on the environment and continue to develop sustainable production systems.
The challenge is huge.
We believe that robotic technology holds the key to new farming systems to increase yields while improving sustainability and environmental impact.
SwarmFarm is at the forefront of this transformation.
The childhood dream of a driverless tractor won’t cut it- We believe the driverless tractor is already obsolete.
There is no point automating what we are already doing. …..and adding another 50 horsepower under the bonnet won’t help!
The vision to develop robotic farming technology came from innovative grain and cattle farmer Andrew Bate. Andrew has spent a life time in agriculture; he has trained as an agronomist, and farms near Emerald, Central Queensland Australia. Andrew is passionate about ensuring the future generations of farmers have a vibrant, economic, and sustainable future in the cropping industry.
Jocie has life time experience in agriculture from growing up on a sheep and beef cattle operation south-west of Blackall, Queensland Australia. She has trained as an agricultural economist and has many years experience in agricultural consulting, rural finance and grain farming.
Neville also has a life time of experience in agriculture. He has 20 years experience as an agronomist in cotton, grain and horticulture. For the last 10 years he has worked as a finance and agribusiness consultant. Neville has also grown irrigated cotton and currently produces table grapes, hay and cattle on his farm near Emerald, Central Queensland Australia.
Peter has extensive experience in control and robotic systems in both high degree of freedom electrohydraulic manipulators and mobile robotics.
Peter also has many years of experience in the resources and defense sectors, and grew up on a sugar cane farm in North Queensland.
We’re a small team with a big goal!
If you can dazzle us with your talent, passion and potential, you’ll get to work on one of the most exciting projects around!
We are always on the lookout for passionate, talented people, so please drop us a line.