FORGET PRECISION AGRICULTURE: DRONE HERDING IS TAKING OFF

Malek Murison for We Talk UAV:  Drones and agriculture go together pretty well: drones are a useful tool for farmers when it comes to mapping fields, assessing crop health from above and distributing pesticides. But’s that pretty much where your average farmer would draw the line.

Luckily, a few farming pioneers have started using their drones to herd animals, including cattle and sheep, from one place to another.

And it makes a lot of sense. Drones are fast, agile, loud and intimidating: the perfect combination of characteristics for a good herder. They can fly while shooting video, too, giving farmers a better view of what’s going on. Maybe they even watch the footage back to improve their herding techniques?

A video surfaced recently of California cattle farmers using drones to guide their herd:

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