Future Farming: Virtual Fencing- Managing your farm through the click of a button


In this week’s Future Farming, we look at new technology that is changing the world of farming.

Future Farming: Virtual Fencing- Managing your farm through the click of a button

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In this week’s Future Farming, we look at new technology that is changing the world of farming.

It’s a farmer’s dream to fence, move and manage their livestock with the touch of a single button.

GPS collars designed in order to control cattle and sheep might just be that golden answer that we have been looking for, according to ABCNews.

Saving time and money remain a major aspect of their farming philosophy and this new technology might just be able to tick those boxes.

The Virtual Herding Project Dairy is investigating how cattle respond to technology.

By obtaining this data, significant impacts can be made on milking systems of a conventional and automated nature, according to ABC.

A prototype is currently being developed by Australia’s largest research organisation; CSIRO, the University of Sydney, University of New England, University of Melbourne, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and Agersens, reported ABC.

Virtual Fencing

The virtual fence, the ‘eShepherd’ a fenceless farming system is one of the latest pieces of tech to make its way into the Agricultural sector.

It is being researched to the same extent and standard as human medical devices.

Every animal is fitted with a GPS enabled collar, which possess specialised training software.

The technology does not interfere with any species including wildlife and humans that are not wearing the collars.

The Operation

Farmers send instructions through their device, which can be a PC, tablet or a smartphone.

This is then carried to the GPS collar attached to the animal, which sends the animal to the created boundary.

According to Agersens, animals usually take 24-48 hours training.

Research

In order to trail the project, a total of six hectares were examined.

The trail found that the animal’s quickly adapted to the virtual fencing system, with a good adaptation to new position.

While this new technology edges closer to dominating the market place, Queensland is where the next area of research will take place.

See the technology in action here for yourself!

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