Precision ranching (PR) is the use of smart sensors for automated monitoring of livestock and other important components of ranching such as stock tanks and drinkers, rainfall, and forage growth. Precision systems are fairly common in intensive animal agriculture but their use in extensive ranching operations is still in its infancy. However, sensor technology and wireless data transmission networks as well as sophisticated data analytics tools are becoming ubiquitous and less expensive. Consequently, new and exciting opportunities to develop robust and relatively low cost PR systems are rapidly emerging.
Read more about potential benefits and trade-offs of precision ranching in this two-page brochure.