Watching the cows come home--on the Net

Being a keen cattleman and keeping a constant watch over the herd means early mornings and no breaks. But new technology could change all that.

Researchers at Australia's University of New England have come up with technology that will let ranchers remotely keep an eye on their livestock and maintain trough levels via a cell phone or the Internet, according to an article posted on The Age. If the trough runs dry or intruders enter the livestock gate, a text message can be sent to alert the rancher of the problem. The researchers hope that eventually the system will include remote-controlled weighing devices as well.

The technology, developed by the university's Institute for Rural Futures, along with Australian telecom company Telstra, is being tested at a farm near Walcha. The Institute for Rural Futures expects it to be available commercially within the next 12 months, according to The Age.

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Desiree Everts DeNunzio is a freelance editor and writer. She's dabbled in digital media and technology for the past decade, including stints at CNET News and Wired magazine. When she's not fiddling with various gadgets, she spends her time running after chickens and her own brood.

 

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