Fences mark boundaries and restrain livestock. They help farmers manage their properties. But fencing is a labour intensive and time consuming chore many farmers would rather avoid. The idea of virtual fences is nearing reality. Researchers are developing fences that farmers will be able to 'construct' and 'move' via a computer screen, tablet or mobile phone. Such fences would do away with building and repairing physical fences and ultimately save time and money.
In 2007, I visited the CSIRO Livestock Industries research facility near Armidale in New South Wales to report on progress in developing this new technology. You can read my article here.
- This article was first published in the Kondinin Group's Farming Ahead magazine in November 2007