This is seriously funny to watch, but it also got me thinking that it might be a great way to use the natural curiosity of cows as a means of herding them where you wanted them to go. It's like watching cats chase a laser pointer, but jumbo-sized!
There is definitely room for APPROPRIATE automation on a farm, especially when dealing with animals.
As an example, one I looked at was automatic rotational grazing gates--they basically sit on a timer and open by themselves. It will allow you to do multiple moves of your paddocks with only one visit to the field. They were something like $700. CRAZY expensive for me when I can have a kid walk out to the paddock and do it for free. But someone that has a day job or renting land far from home can get a return on investment in a month or two.
And yes, that video is just plain fun to watch.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mahatma Gandhi
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"Family farms work when the whole family works the farm." -- Adam Klaus
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 4 years ago
I have seen the RC Cobra helicopters, and thought "Wouldn't that be an entertaining way to chase off predators?"
The hawk sitting on a perch watching your hens.
The 'coon/fox heading for the chicken coop.
The squirrel who thinks you fill the bird feeder just for him.
Perhaps even the brown bear raiding your trash bin.
It would put the fear of the Almighty into almost any critter.
All from the comfort of your front porch, without even spilling your beer.
A timing clock, fuse wire, high explosives and a tiny ad:
It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show