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The virtues of virtual fencing

 

October 12, 2022

Courtesy of Morgan Lawrence, Oregon State University

Oregon State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service researchers install a tower for virtual fence research.

By Sean Nealon

Oregon State University Writer

The use of virtual fencing to manage cattle grazing on sagebrush rangelands has the potential to create fuel breaks needed to help fight wildfires, a recent Oregon State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service study found.

Virtual fencing involves placing collars on livestock. The collars communicate with GPS and reception towers to form a virtual fence set by the rancher. Auditory stimuli emit from the collar when the livestock reach the limit of the virtual fence and they receive a benign shock if they pass...



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