A statement from the agency said the technology took the shape of a smart ear tag, built by a company known as Ceres Tag, which generated data similar to that which was produced by smartwatches.
The CSIRO said the tag had been successfully tested on 100 cattle at its Lansdown Research Station near Townsville, Queensland, last week.
The device aims to save farmers time and money in tracking their cattle; manual tracking involves the use of vehicles or aircraft.
“The tag is GPS-enabled, allowing farmers to track the location of individual animals remotely, via Internet of Things (IoT) capability."
“Aussie farmers need every bit of help they can get right now so we are pleased it has taken less than a year for this technology to move from the research phase into development for a real-world trial on cattle,” said Dr Ed Charmley, group leader at CSIRO.
“Our focus for future iterations is to create a smaller and lighter tag, as well as added functionality such as a temperature sensor, which could alert farmers to illnesses at an earlier stage.”
The tag will be on display at the digital forum at Meat and Livestock Australia's’s Red Meat 2018 event in Canberra on 22 and 23 November and also at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture in Brisbane the following week.