With current dairy farming there is economic pressure for cows to be kept inside. Optimal grazing of cows in the meadow requires use of techniques such as strip grazing, by which the cows intensively graze a strip of grass until it is exhausted and then move on to the next area. However, that is a very labor-intensive technique, so it is not often used. However, if the fence was defined as a virtual fence on a computer map and cows could be trained to stay within it, it might be much more economical for cows to graze outside all summer.
This project researches the possibilities of a virtual geofence using GNSS (GPS) technology to optimize grazing management in cows in that way. Technical, economic and societal aspects will be investigated.
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- Noldus Information Technology BV (project leader)
- Wageningen University Research (Wageningen Livestock Research)
- Het Internet Huis
This project is funded by the Dutch government (Topsector Agri&Food, project AF-18020) and by the partners.