Australian cattle and sheep farms can be vast - the largest one is currently bigger than the country of Israel - and sometimes remote. Trials are starting with mobile robots which will help monitor and assess both livestock and pasture. Reportedly, manpower is in short supply these days, making it difficult to manage these large ranches.
Sick and injured animals will be identified using thermal and vision sensors that detect changes in body temperature and walking gait, says Salah Sukkarieh of the University of Sydney, who will carry out the trial on several farms in central New South Wales.
“You’ve also got colour, texture and shape sensors looking down at the ground to check pasture quality,” he says.New Scientist