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Virtual Fencing and the Advantages for Rotational Grazing with Jimmy Emmons
Fri, 08 Apr 2022 08:04:19 CDT
If you are a cattle producer, one of the ways you can improve the health of your soil is through rotational grazing. Soil health mentor, Jimmy Emmons talks on a new, cutting-edge way to do so - virtual fencing.
Emmons said he traveled to South Dakota earlier last fall and witnessed the virtual fencing technology for himself at Jorgensen Ranches.
“They have been working with a company called Vence for a few years developing this technology,” Emmons said. “The cattle have collars on them, so you can look at your iPad, computer or phone and see where your cows are at.”
Vence allows you to see the virtual fence and move the fence through your computer, Emmons said.
“It's really going to be the future of grazing,” Emmons said.
Oklahoma State University has a grant they are currently working on with Vence right now on some projects with different producers, Emmons said. As we move into the future of grazing, it has great possibilities to not only help keep track of your cattle but allow you to move them around if they are overgrazing an area, he added.
Emmons said similar to virtual fences for dogs, Vence collars will give the cattle a stimulus or shock when they get too close to the virtual line.
There are others working on using a chip instead of a collar, Emmons said. The chip can tell you the temperature of your cattle, he added.
“This technology is really moving fast,” Emmons said. “The Jorgensen’s up there have had great results, and the data coming out of that is just unbelievable, how closely cattle act a lot like humans.”
While there are a few cattle who may not heed the warnings to the shocks, Emmons said that only makes up around 1.5%.
“The big percentage of the animals they said never got shocked,” Emmons said. “They watched the others and really obeyed the law.”
Emmons said there is a of great data going out and he expects that OSU will have some great data in the next few years with their project.
“I think this is going to really change the way a lot of ranchers can graze, even on wheat pasture, and do a better job,” Emmons said. “I think in the long run, that helps us all with soil health, and it helps us with ROI, because the more animals that you can run, and the more pounds of beef you can create naturally, that is more to sell and more money in your pocket.”
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