With a unique talent for developing creative technologies, a natural eye for business matters and animal welfare, founder Thomas Banhazi had over 15 years of experience in biosystem engineering before forming PLF Agritech. He discovered over the years that the needs of animals and the needs of producers can be both met with implementing new ways of animal monitoring and new style of production management. He realised that the never-ending problem of not having objective, reliable, real-time data, hindered the management of livestock farms. He wanted to focus on collecting information about the 3 main production influencing parameters without getting lost in issues that producers tend to find overwhelming in their everyday life.
With a Ph.D. in Animal Science and plenty of hands-on experience from commercial livestock farms, Thomas developed precision livestock farming technologies that were vigorously tested and proven to increase not just animal welfare but productivity by up to 15%. He won the Breakthrough Innovation of the Year award in 2009 granted by the South Australian Research and Development Institute in Australia.