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Smart technologies for detecting animal welfare status and delivering health remedies for rangeland systems

Author(s) : S.M. Rutter

Summary :

Although the emerging field of precision livestock farming (PLF) is predominantly associated with intensive animal production, there is increasing interest in applying smart technologies in extensive rangeland systems. Precision livestock farming technologies bring the possibility of closely monitoring the behaviour, liveweight and other parameters of individual animals in free-ranging systems. ‘Virtual fencing’, ideally based on positive reinforcement, i.e. rewarding animals for moving in a specified direction, has the potential to gently guide foraging livestock towards areas of vegetation identified by remote sensing. As well as reducing hunger, this could be integrated with weather forecasting to help ensure that animals are automatically directed to areas with appropriate shelter when adverse weather is forecast.

Keywords
Cattle – Goats – Precision livestock farming – Rangeland – Sheep – Virtual fence – Virtual shepherd – Welfare.

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