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Australia is the world leader in remote management of cattle. In this clip from a Digital Homestead video (available at www.digitalhomestead.org), cattle are about to walk over weighing scales to get to water. The solar-powered scales will recognize each animal by its collar and wirelessly upload its weight.

PRECISION RANCHING: Manage your cattle from your easy chair

New research points to a future in cattle production where 
most decisions will be made at the touch of a button

Reading Time: 5 minutes Imagine being able to manage your grazing cattle at the touch of a button and constructing ‘digital fences’ as you move them from pasture to pasture. Or using drones to track your cattle while at the same time discovering the most nutrient-rich forage on your land. These are just a couple of examples of current […] Read more

By installing waterers next to fenced-off riparian areas, Sean McGrath had gained extra weeks of water during dry years, and has eliminated problems like foot rot.

Capturing value from riparian areas

The first step is to have a plan before you start fencing, says riparian management expert

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ask just about any Alberta farmer about the worst drought in recent memory and there’s a good chance they will say 2002 — a year that saw water supplies devastated throughout the province. For Sean McGrath, some foresight around land management that year prevented what could have been a disaster. Fencing off a dugout and […] Read more


The entrance of Sean McGrath’s Bud Box, with one big gate on the left and a man gate on the right.

Making the flight zone instincts of cattle work for you

Vermilion rancher Sean McGrath says a Bud Box makes the job of processing cattle much faster

Reading Time: 4 minutes Thinking inside the box — a Bud Box, that is — can help cattle flow better when working them in a handling system. Being able to work the animals’ flight zones from outside, and having them see you, helps make them flow through the system faster, said rancher Sean McGrath. “We have a portable system […] Read more