Virtual Fences for Free Range Cows


Image links to Treehugger Article

Instead of stringing or repairing long lines of fencing across lands that cattle use for grazing, in the future, ranchers may be able to use a virtual fence to keep their stock from straying. Anderson’s device, dubbed Directional Virtual Fencing, (DVF), locates the cows and can signal them electronically, steering them to a new location or away from a sensitive area. Both the open range and the cows benefit from the animals being moved periodically, but on large ranches, especially those without interior fences, it can be time consuming and difficult to place the cattle in the right place at the right time. The DVF manages the locations of the cows via a GPS signal, which allows for ranchers to to track their movements or to remotely change the shape of the virtual fence, right from their computer. Funny how this article fails to mention exactly HOW the device interacts with the animal. Is this achieved by shock? And should we not be concerned that this could be beta testing for humans?


About D.Dinius

I am big on education, animals, and nature. So following that sentence I think it's important to be smart and animals and nature bring clarity and a calmness to things. I am new to actually paying attention and having opinions. This has been building well for about the last year. :)

2 responses »

  1. This is one of those cases of half the idea is awesome and would fix so many problems but then there’s a down side and an unrealistic side. Although I don’t see this ever working, for the cow’s sake I hope I’m correct, but I do like seeing the process of working on an issue and trying to make a double sided issue come together in harmony. This very general type of idea would help both the ranchers and the environmentalists who are fighting over the same land both have victories. Our society really tries to make you choose sides in almost every area of life so it’s nice to see someone trying to work together and not having to choose a side for a change.

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