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Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Brookhill Angus » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:15 pm

While it's not a "new" thing to use a drone to round up cattle, it was however, a new thing for me today.

Our water gap blew out after a storm and these three mischievous heifers decided to go sight seeing. I noticed them out the window of our home and said to myself "I'm going to have to get in the truck, or walk over there and get them back where they need to be.

Then like a caveman with fire, I had the idea to send up my drone and see what I could accomplish.

Let me say this, I'm not professional drone pilot, but was doing the best I could. I'm a work in progress.

Enjoy the movie.

http://bit.ly/2urDlST
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Bright Raven » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:26 pm

That is awesome. You need some fence, buddy! Looks like there is nothing left of the water gap. A fence crosses the creek on the back 40, the neighbor and I went in together and had Kevin Burton put in a water gap. He put down 10 foot posts out of old electric poles. A cattle panel pivots on a cable run between the posts. Despite the storms we have had in the last year, it is still there.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Brookhill Angus » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:35 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:26 pm
That is awesome. You need some fence, buddy! Looks like there is nothing left of the water gap. A fence crosses the creek on the back 40, the neighbor and I went in together and had Kevin Burton put in a water gap. He put down 10 foot posts out of old electric poles. A cattle panel pivots on a cable run between the posts. Despite the storms we have had in the last year, it is still there.
It's on the "Winter storms repair" list, along with a million other things.

That sounds like a good plan with the water gap, There was once a cable that could have held up a gondola across there, but lately the wall of water that hits through that opening can be 30-40 feet wide and 6-8 feet deep. It tends to blow everything out. That's why I usually put up some polywire, attach a small solar box and call it a day. Let it blow out, put it up again.

I had another water gap on downstream that was completely removed, not a trace of anything after one of the major storms.
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Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:56 pm

Very cool.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by bball » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:27 am

Pretty slick with that drone Brookhill! All you need to do now is figure out how to repair that water gap with the drone! Nice selection of music for the video too! Just seemed appropriate.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by wbvs58 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:01 am

You got all the toys Brookhill. I would have thought you would have had to come down closer to herd them, well done. What sort of flight time does it have?

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Post by Nesikep » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:22 am

hahaha.. what little brats!
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Post by sim.-ang.king » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:57 am

If there's a hole, they'll find it.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Brookhill Angus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:31 pm

wbvs58 wrote:
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You got all the toys Brookhill. I would have thought you would have had to come down closer to herd them, well done. What sort of flight time does it have?

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30 minutes, I wasn’t sure on the trees, will get better, it’s a bit hard to judge distance with at first.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Brookhill Angus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:35 pm

bball wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:27 am
Pretty slick with that drone Brookhill! All you need to do now is figure out how to repair that water gap with the drone! Nice selection of music for the video too! Just seemed appropriate.
I’m going to get someone in to set some utility sized posts and stretch cable and gates again. Water is very destructive as you know, I had a gap in the back where the cable was wrapped solidly around a huge sycamore tree. The constant flooding took out the root system and the tree collapsed, huge mess to clean up. The tree had been there for a very long time with no issues. Like I said, water does a lot of damage.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by 76 Bar » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:34 pm

Neat video.
Prefer a good stock dog.

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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Brookhill Angus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:49 pm

76 Bar wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:34 pm
Neat video.
Prefer a good stock dog.
I definitely agree. I'm looking to get one before long.

Would you recommend a Border Collie?

I've seen videos on Youtube where they are putting cattle in trailers in an open field, which blows my mind.

I also want a good pair of quarter horses, using an ATV and Gator right now, but the horses look like they can accomplish a lot in the field.

I'm open for all recommendations.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by bball » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:56 pm

Brookhill Angus wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:35 pm
bball wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:27 am
Pretty slick with that drone Brookhill! All you need to do now is figure out how to repair that water gap with the drone! Nice selection of music for the video too! Just seemed appropriate.
I’m going to get someone in to set some utility sized posts and stretch cable and gates again. Water is very destructive as you know, I had a gap in the back where the cable was wrapped solidly around a huge sycamore tree. The constant flooding took out the root system and the tree collapsed, huge mess to clean up. The tree had been there for a very long time with no issues. Like I said, water does a lot of damage.
May have to search around under the tips category, but one of the fencing gurus here posted some great pics and pointers on how to build a proper water gap. Might be worth your while to check into it.
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Brookhill Angus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:04 pm

bball wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:56 pm
Brookhill Angus wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:35 pm
bball wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:27 am
Pretty slick with that drone Brookhill! All you need to do now is figure out how to repair that water gap with the drone! Nice selection of music for the video too! Just seemed appropriate.
I’m going to get someone in to set some utility sized posts and stretch cable and gates again. Water is very destructive as you know, I had a gap in the back where the cable was wrapped solidly around a huge sycamore tree. The constant flooding took out the root system and the tree collapsed, huge mess to clean up. The tree had been there for a very long time with no issues. Like I said, water does a lot of damage.
May have to search around under the tips category, but one of the fencing gurus here posted some great pics and pointers on how to build a proper water gap. Might be worth your while to check into it.
Thank you
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Re: Herding heifers with a drone

Post by Lucky » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:08 pm

Good video. I’ve got a horse and a border collie, think I’m getting a drone. :lol2:

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