Rounding up sheep by drone

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Green farmer, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Green farmer

    Green farmer Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Instead of chasing after sheep on a quad and not really having the time to train and look after a dog, a friend suggested would a drone be able to do the job ? For jobs like moving ewes from paddock to paddock or for rounding them up and getting them into a race, would a drone be a feasible alternative ? Anyone working with one ? Is it the future ?
     
  2. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    Location:
    north norfolk
    i might give it a try:D:D....be good copy for my diary:D:D....in practice i think they'd be terrified and go all ways:)
     
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  3. wr.

    wr. Member

    Location:
    Breconshire
  4. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    Location:
    Scottish Highlands
    I think I agree with you...

    Until the sheep realise the drone is harmless and doesn't bite! They soon learn to ignore a weak dog for trhe same reasons, but it would probably work with naive sheep.
     
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  5. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    Location:
    north norfolk
    so with a drone you can bunch them up in a field and run them around a bit:D:D
     
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  6. Jameshenry

    Jameshenry Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Nothing will replace a good dog
     
  7. Sheep92

    Sheep92 Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Be better buying a good dog can't beat having one around the place
     
  8. As soon as a drone can grab a lame ewe in the middle of a field for me to check her over the dog is history. Oh yes, it also has to bark like mad at 3 in the morning if someone comes in the yard.
     
  9. Old Shep

    Old Shep Member

    I think it would be easier and quicker to get a trained dog than to learn how to fly a drone with the accuracy required to put sheep in a pen. Plus when you work a dog you have both ands free to open gates etc. How would you do that with your hands busy flying the drone? Plus with a dog you get a new best mate. Their exercise is going round the sheep with you so ne extra time required there.
     
  10. Old Shep

    Old Shep Member

    Sorry "hands" not "ands".
     
  11. @JD-Kid
    Have you had any luck with using yours?
     
  12. Pan mixer

    Pan mixer Member

    Location:
    Near Colchester
    Easy peasy, training to fly the drone takes 3 minutes max, sheep can be herded very easily, not as good as a dog in high wind and rain though.

    I use mine all the time for the sheep - lookering at 100 feet, herding at about 30 feet.
     
  13. You can lock the drone in the cupboard when you go for a fortnight’s holiday - best not to do that to a dog.
     
  14. GreenerGrass

    GreenerGrass Member

    Location:
    Wilts
    My sheep weren't bothered in the slightest by drone, barely moved let alone able to herd them.
     
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  15. Pan mixer

    Pan mixer Member

    Location:
    Near Colchester
    Mine were like that at the start but you can make them move by coming down low behind them, they soon get the idea.
     
  16. primmiemoo

    primmiemoo Member

    Location:
    Devon
    What happens in bad weather?
     
  17. Pan mixer

    Pan mixer Member

    Location:
    Near Colchester
    I don't play with the sheep, they are easicares.
     
  18. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    Location:
    north norfolk
    what sot of drone do you use....might give it a go:)
     
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  19. Pan mixer

    Pan mixer Member

    Location:
    Near Colchester
    Pantom 4 pro plus, quite an investment but worth for me with my awkward long thin and bumpy fields full of bramble islands.
     
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  20. it could have a speaker on it and the ability play dog barking at high volume (y)
     

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