CSIRO’s development of a satellite-based ‘virtual fencing’ system for livestock could remove the need for traditional post-and-wire hardware.

CSIRO’s development of a satellite-based ‘virtual fencing’ system for livestock could remove the need for traditional post-and-wire hardware.

Virtual livestock fence

CSIRO is developing a virtual fencing system which will allow cattle to be confined without the need for fixed fences - in this four-minute podcast, Dr Andrew Fisher explains how cattle could be controlled via satellite. (4:17)

  • 13 June 2007 | Updated 12 January 2012

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A virtual fence for livestock that allows better use of pasture, protects the environment and reduces labour, is being developed by the Food Futures Flagship using satellite technology.

The project is focussed on developing an animal-friendly virtual fencing system for cattle that enables the animals to be confined without using fixed fences.

At this stage, the research team has developed a prototype system, and successfully demonstrated its use on a herd of cattle.

In this podcast, Dr Andrew Fisher, a Food Futures Flagship team leader from CSIRO Livestock Industries Division explains how the virtual fence works.

Read more about Livestock virtually fenced in (Media release 13 Jun 07).