Out of the many applications our small UAV technology has, cattle tracking is one that many of our potential clients have not considered or even know about. Ranchers in the western united states have a difficult time tracking down their cattle in many cases, and rely heavily on personal recognizance of their farm ground to do cattle counts.
Since the introduction of low cost unmanned aerial vehicle systems, there now lies an answer to this vexing problem to farmers. No longer does a farmer have to guess as to where their cattle may be, as small UAV systems are here to do the job of the livestock surveyer.
Because our zephyr systems are so user friendly, a farmer with little to no RC experience can resonable expect to unpack their uav system in the field and lanuch it with our optional self launching mechanism. Landing the zephyr is just as easy, and requires very little imput from the farmer.
Once the zephyr system has been launched, the internally mounted camera onboard can be manipulated to scope out a whole plot of land with the use of a joystick. Additionally, the zephyr airframe can be made to change course in mid flight given a sick calf has been identified.
Normally what farmers have been doing with our systems is preprograming the UAV system for flight using the ground station software as to demand the flight path be contained within their property line. When doing this, each cattle check can be apart of a routine that consists of autolaunching the plane for flight, and monitoring the live video feed on screen. Since all video is recorded by the zephyr’s ground station software, there is no special need to worry when cattle quickly pass the point of view.
Some farmers actually train farm hands to do the job of launching and retrieving the zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle system as to keep from having to leave the home too often. It is possible to have the video captured by your zephyr and transmitted to your home in real time, but special equipment must be requested to make this possible from Marcus UAV Corp.
The next best thing to this is to review the tapes after a flight is done much like a referee would be doing at a football game to determine the outcome on a close play. To make the job extra easy, you can count your cattle markings that you have made on each and every one of your livestock. Florescent spray paint that is unique to each cattle head will make your job of auditing your livestock easy.
If you are interested in purchasing a zephyr uav system for your cattle management needs, then give us a call today. You can visit our homepage for more information : unmanned aerial vehicles.