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Drones tipped to be the sheep dogs of the future | Stock Journal



We’re not sure what your dog is going to say about it but researchers believe drones might be better at their job.

Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) to herd sheep could actually be better for the animal than traditional methods of shepherding, a new study from UNSW Canberra has found.

Squadron leader Kate Yaxley, a Visiting Military Fellow at UNSW Canberra, and one of the lead researchers on the study, said the method of herding animals has a direct impact on the welfare of the animal.

The study found the heart rates of sheep rose while dogs were moving them and they were less stressed by the drones.

“Shepherding is an essential part of farming, and it is a way of guiding sheep to go where the farmer needs them to go,” she said.


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