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Using drones for rotational grazing

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

By: Guest writer // December 2022 Rotational grazing is a popular method of managing livestock that involves moving animals to different pastures on a regular basis to allow the land to rest and recover. This approach can help improve the health and productivity of both the animals and the land, but it can also be time-consuming and labor-intensive.One way to make rotational grazing more efficient is by using drones. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are small aircraft that can be flown remotely and equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras. They can be used to monitor livestock, assess the health and condition of pastures, and even move animals from one pasture to another. One of the main benefits of using drones for rotational grazing is the ability to survey large areas of land quickly and easily. Drones can be equipped with high-resolution cameras and other sensors that can capture detailed images and data about the condition of the pastures. This can help farmers and ranchers identify areas that need rest and recovery, as well as areas that are ready for animals to graze.

Green pasture in New Zealand

Green pasture in a cattle farm in New Zealand

In addition to monitoring pastures, drones can also be used to move livestock from one pasture to another. This can be a more efficient and less stressful way to move animals, particularly in areas where there are challenging terrain or obstacles. Using drones for rotational grazing can also help to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries to both animals and humans. Drones can be flown remotely, which means that people do not need to be present in the pasture to move animals or assess the land. This can help to reduce the risk of falls, injuries, or other accidents that can occur when people are working with livestock.

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A close-up look at different types of grass used for livestock

One of the main developments that BeeFree Agro is working on is providing detailed maps and data about the condition of pastures. Using high-resolution cameras and sensors, the company's software can capture images and data about the quality and availability of forage, as well as any areas of damage or erosion. This information can be used to help farmers and ranchers make more informed decisions about when and where to move their animals, as well as how to manage their pastures more effectively.

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