Virtual Fence Technology for Cattle Ranchers
Grazing livestock is expensive and difficult. This is especially true if a rancher wants to implement rotational grazing. Certainly one barrier is the cost and maintenance of fencing. One company, however, is rethinking this. Vence, which is short for virtual fence, has a technology that allows ranchers to manage grazing livestock with no physical fences. Here’s CEO Frank Wooten.
Wooten… “We put a collar on cattle and enable customers, the ability to put up inclusion fences, or exclusion fences, to keep animals in or out of zones anywhere across the landscape of their property. And to move animals from place to place without the need for anybody to actually move them or to remove the fences.
So kind of like the invisible dog fences, but for cattle and other ruminants. Wooten says while the primary application is keeping cattle in or out of certain places, this can also be a useful management tool, for what he says is a huge market.
Wooten… “Livestock are managed on 30%+ of the global landscape. And there are a billion head of cattle, you know, 900 million head of sheep, 400 million head of goat. So we're talking about, you know, there are more livestock on the planet than there are cars on the road. So it's quite a significant undertaking.”
You can learn more about Vence at their website: Vence.io.