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Farminator: Robot Ranchers Replacing Humans in Agriculture

Published on May 24, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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As technology advances, the future of farming is about to change drastically with the rise of robots being used in agricultural work as alternatives to manpower.

“Farmbots” are now being used as shepherds in the Australian outback where farmers struggle to monitor livestock frequently enough due to the remote locations of herds, according to theNew Scientist.

One example is cattle station “Suplejack Downs,” which is located in the Northern Territory and takes some 13 hours to reach by car from the nearest town, Alice Springs. The farm is spread across 4,000 sq km, which can prove difficult to manage.

This is where the farmbots come in. The robots will be used in a two-year trial to herd livestock, monitor their health and check their grazing habits to ensure animals remain healthy. They will also be equipped with thermal and vision sensors to detect changes in an animal’s body temperature and walking gait.

The robots will be used in several farms in central New South Wales as part of a program by robotics researcher Prof. Salah Sukkarieh from the University of Sydney.

“We want to improve the quality of the animal health and make it easier for farmers to maintain large landscapes where animals roam free,” he told New Scientist.

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