Collars on cows, virtual fences, the future of dairy farming hits Waikato

Collars on cows, virtual fences, the future of dairy

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Ian Proudfoot

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KPMG in New Zealand

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[31 August, Stuff]

A farm in Morrinsville has been testing out new GPS-enabled collars for cows that could lead to fenceless farming. A select number of Waikato dairy farms are the first cohort to try out the locally developed software, Halter. The 26-year-old founder Craig Piggott says the collar guides the cows around the farm by sounds and vibration cues, and it can sense major event like sickness and send it back to the farmer via the Halter app. Mr Piggott is keen for this remote farming initiative expand to nationwide, and dairy farms can expect Halter roll out to other regions by next year. 

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