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Census finds more technology and rotational grazing on ranches

More than half (52 per cent) of beef cattle farms say they use computer or laptops for farm management while 39 per cent indicated they use smartphones or tablets for farm management, according to the 2016 Census of Agriculture data.

Some form of GPS technology is being used on 24 per cent of beef operations, with 15 per cent using auto steer. But the level of adoption varies with age. The census also tracked management practices. Half employ rotational grazing, and one-third use in-field winter grazing or feeding — although the number for the latter rises to 46 per cent in Alberta.

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