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Wednesday 11th March 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

What's Holding Back Drones?

The manifold benefits of using drones in livestock production have led experts in innovation and farm systems to ask the question of why wider adoption still hasn’t taken place.

They say too much legislation is “stifling” the drone industry, while a dearth of profit and pay-back data means producers don’t know whether Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are a worthy investment. read more

The economic impacts of this could be great, according to a House of Lord’s committee report that estimates 150,000 jobs could be created in the drone sector across Europe by 2050.

Dr Dave Henry of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is trialling drones across farm systems in Australia, finding out that the direct benefits are more apparent to crop production.

“With a crop, in my view, it’s a relatively simple effort in understand that if I change an input then I will get a certain result,” Dr Henry told TheBeefSite.

“Margins per head are tight. Farmers need to have a very convincing return on their investment if they are going to do something differently as a result of new information from the drone.”

However, he outlined several good applications for the drones in Australia.

  1. Locating cattle in the extensive northern environments to make mustering more efficient, lower cost, and safer
  2. Vegetation monitoring – quantity and quality of vegetation (pastures) for improved feed utilisation, grazing management, optimal use of inputs such as water and fertiliser, reduced environmental impact
  3. Land condition & waterway monitoring – to ensure optimal environmental outcomes (eg sufficient ground cover to reduce erosion, reduced pugging in high rainfall areas)
  4. Infrastructure monitoring in remote locations – reduced cost of labour to drive all the way out somewhere to check manually

Designers say battery life and speed of flight, as well as susceptibility to wind, are practical constraints on the drones impacting on a primary livestock need – covering rangelands.

However, the UK farming industry heard about the merits of drones at the recent Precision Livestock conference in Newark.

Farmers were told how using drones across different farm enterprises shares expense. read more

Livestock tags also enable movements to be monitored in a livestock theft situation, the conference heard.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Drones a Possibility for Heat Detection and More
Activity monitors can make science fiction reality with drone/UAV technology, according to a Penn State extension educator.

Beef More Efficient Than You Would Think
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European Beef Herd Increasing With Export Potential
New buyers are emerging for European beef and a larger herd is now in place to service that need.

How to Forage Test and Assess Feed Quality
Forage testing is critical to know what you are feeding to optimise rations for specie, age and production stage.

What to Choose When Reseeding Hay and Pasture Fields
Choosing grasses for your pastures and hay fields depends on the soil pH, fertility and cattle that you have.

Hoof Cracks in Cattle: Cause, Treatment
Alterations in terrain, as well as the variation in genetics, hoof, size, age and condition of a cow can impact on the state of its hoof, says a Montana-based extension agent.

Anticipating Grasshopper Damage Ahead of Grazing Season
Ranchers are reminded to consider the dangers of grasshoppers to rangeland vegetation ahead of the spring grazing season.

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Novus Receives Two Regional Awards at Best of NAMA
US - Novus International, Inc. has recently received two regional National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) awards, which recognise the best work in agricultural communications.
Phytogenic Feed Additives for Livestock Production on the Rise
GLOBAL - Increasing meat consumption, consumer demands and clamor for high quality and safe food, raising concerns on animal health and environmental protection, effectivity of antibiotic ban in US for in-feed use on 31st December 2016, global tendencies to reduce antibiotic growth promoters – because of these factors, phytogenics are seen as one of the top solutions in animal nutrition.
Improving the Performance of Ruminants by Natural Feed Additives
In response to future challenges and current strong demand in the ruminant sector, Delacon reacts with two new products.
Webinar to Discuss Optimising Performance through Micronutrients
US - Novus International is to sponsor a webinar to discuss optimising performance through micronutrients on 12 March.
Delacon Extends Product Family for Cattle
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