Petition for Sustainable Cattle Farms
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There are many technology involved in cattle farms and some can make them more sustainable while others make life easier for the farmers. For example, a website states that “In the blue skies above a livestock farm in New Zealand, a drone flies over flocks of sheep. In the office below, Neil Gardyne, the family farm’s owner, uses the images to identify ewes that are having trouble lambing or newborns that have become separated from their mothers, known as cast sheep. Instead of a two-hour drive around the 678-hectare farm, the drone sweep takes 30 minutes. This means sorties can be made more frequently, increasing the chances of rescuing distressed sheep and, as a result, the number of deaths of lost newborns on Gardyne’s farm has halved. The drone also checks on water troughs, saving the farm more money by reducing machinery running costs. Mr. Gardyne’s hope is that drone technology will soon become advanced enough for him to monitor the rate at which his pasture grows. This would help increase lamb production, potentially boosting his income by US$200 a hectare.” (Daneshkhu, Scheherazade 2016)This quote shows how the technology, or the drone, made Mr. Gardyne’s work simpler and that he can even earn more money by using technology. Most technology used in cattle farms nowadays are to save time and effort for the workers; however, we think that using technology to increase the sustainability rate in cattle farms is a much more important action. So, how can we use technology to make more sustainable cattle farms? Well, there are many ways such as using renewable energy such as hydro, sunlight, and wind instead of nonrenewable ones, and using moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS enabled tractors. One of the easiest and most efficient way to incorporate technology into cattle farms is to put different types of sensors in different places, which can measure different sets of data. Other than that, there are also the “FitBits for cows” which can track the cow’s health, temperature, activity, and behaviour.
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