A Dunedin company has announced they are developing facial recognition for sheep.
It may sound like something out of the future but it is hoped the technology could help farmers.
Iris Data Science is working on the facial recognition instead of costly electronic identification or ear-tagging of animals.
The project has received a $40,000 grant from Callaghan Innovation and the company is aiming to prototype the software this year.
Sheep face images are collected and fed into a machine-learning model, which gradually learns to identify sheep by finding recognisable features.
It is the same facial recognition technology which was used on humans at airports, and in myriad other ways around the world.
In future, the technology could assist with tracking animal locations to prevent hustling and monitoring animal behaviour.