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Improving farm performance and animal welfare through virtual fencing

Common cow-herding techniques such as motorbikes and dogs get animals moving through fear and intim­i­da­tion. New Zealand-based Halter allows farmers to take a lighter touch and enhance animal welfare. The company’s smart collars deliver sounds, vibrations, and low-energy pulses that train cows to remain within movable virtual fences. In this way, farmers can automate the movement of mobs between grazing breaks — while also allocating the right amount of grass per cow, moving cows off poor terrain, or shifting herds away from eroded or flooded areas. Halter’s system also shows farmers the location of each animal, and monitors cows for individual health changes.

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