Colorful GPS cow collars now help farmers track the whereabouts of their livestock and direct them to preferred grazing areas. The eShepherd program, created by Australia-based Agersens, is being tested in the cattle industry here in the U.S.
“It’s a grazing control tool to improve productivity and profitability in a sustainable way,” says Agersens’ CEO Ian Reilly. “The technology fully automates the controlled grazing of livestock 24/7.” The system uses virtual fencing that can be controlled by an app from anywhere the farmer happens to be. The cow hears a sound when it is getting too close to a boundary, and if it doesn’t veer away, it receives a small electric pulse.
This post is based on the Forbes article, How One Australian Startup Aims To Revolutionize Livestock Management, by Nicole Rasul, March 31, 2019. Image source: famveldman © 123RF.com
1. How does using the livestock collar affect productivity?
Guidance: The collar helps farmers apply rotational grazing practices that allow areas to regrow and improve in nutritional content, thus benefiting livestock health. Rather than building and moving costly fences to rotate grazing areas, farmers can quickly and easily adjust where Continue reading