Groundbreaking facial recognition software under development in Dunedin - for sheep

With more than 27 million sheep in New Zealand, the chances of telling them apart are usually pretty slim.

But that could soon be about to change, thanks to a new piece of facial recognition software being developed in Dunedin.

Benoit Auvray and Greg Peyroux from Iris Data Science are currently developing the software, in hopes of eliminating the need for costly ear tags.

Mr Auvray admitting the idea has surprised a few farmers.

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