Remote Control Cows

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I just got this in an email from Angus....

"A Partnership to Promote a Cattle Herding Device

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has agreed to grant an exclusive license to Canadian firm Krimar of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, for their interest in marketing a type of nonwire, virtual fencing technology for cows linked to global positioning.

The Directional Virtual Fencing (DVF) system sends electronic cues to a cow’s ears so that it will move in a preferred direction, according to Dean Anderson, an ARS animal scientist at the Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, N.M.

Cows must be moved periodically to quality forage for optimum performance. Animals left too long in the same area can also damage a landscape by overgrazing the standing crop. The vast open spaces on many ranches make controlling a herd’s movements challenging.

The patented system is not intended to replace a rancher’s expertise, but will be used as an animal management tool able to steer a moving animal without inflicting physical harm.

The system locates cows with global positioning and sends auditory signals, such as a human voice, that can be raised or lowered in volume, according to Anderson. The commands can vary from familiar “gathering songs” sung by cowboys during manual roundups to sirens designed to get cows to move or avoid entering forbidden areas.

The system is automated so ranchers can give cues at any time and track movements from a computer. ARS has patented the technology based on experimental designs. ARS scientists are currently working on a commercially viable prototype that features a stereo headset around each ear.

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When will they get it so you can put them in the corrall by remote???

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