GrazeGuide: grazing with wireless fences

GrazeGuide: grazing with wireless fences

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.

Infographic GrazeGuide

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.

The method works well, the animals stay within the virtual enclosure, while preserving welfare and milk production.
Pieter Hogewerf

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.