Fencing the pasture hinders efficient grazing and is difficult with forage production. GrazeGuide prevents these disadvantages.
Collar with GPS
The principle of GrazeGuide is simple. A GPS sensor is attached to a cow's collar. This registers the position of the cow in the field. GPS coordinates indicate a virtual fence in the system. If a cow threatens to pass that virtual fence, it receives control signals. This makes it possible for the cow to graze in such a way that her grass supply is tailored to her needs.
Farmer can steer better
Thanks to GrazeGuide, the farmer can use his grassland more efficiently but still in a labour-extensive way. GrazeGuide also makes it possible to graze high-yielding and low-yielding cows together. Because only the high-yielding can be offered access to the freshest grass.
Cow learns quickly
Research with GrazeGuide systems shows that cows learn quickly to respond adequately to the control signals. Pieter Hogewerf: "After one day we see that they already know that after a warning signal a correction signal follows. The cows, hearing the warning signal when approaching the virtual fence, turn around to avoid a light electric shock."
Without the presence of a physical fence, and in a welfare-justifiable guiding manner the cows stay within the boundaries of the grazing area allocated to them.