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Farmer uses drone to round up his sheep

By T.K. Randall
April 1, 2015 · Comment icon 8 comments

Could drones replace traditional sheepdogs ? Image Credit: YouTube / Paul Brennan
A farmer in Ireland has decided to replace his dog with a more contemporary solution to herding sheep.
Drones seem to be getting used for all sorts of purposes these days from recording video footage to delivering parcels, but now farmer Paul Brennan has come up with the ingenious idea of using one of these devices to help him round up his sheep.

Having nicknamed his remote-controlled quadcopter 'Shep', Brennan, who is from Carlow in Ireland, has recorded a fascinating video showing his new device in action as it flies around a field rounding up a herd of the unsuspecting animals.
While it seems unlikely that drones will ever completely replace sheepdogs on farms, the concept provides a creative alternative to the age-old tradition of using canines to round up sheep.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, has so far received over 385,000 views.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Stubbly_Dooright 9 years ago
And now the line for unemployment just got bigger with down out of their luck dogs.
Comment icon #2 Posted by davros of skaro 9 years ago
Teach the Dog to use it and that will be something.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stubbly_Dooright 9 years ago
Teach the Dog to use it and that will be something. Oh great! Now I have the permanent picture of a gleeful sheep dog with a RC thing-ma-of-a-bob in his hands and giggling.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Flying drones for now, but the real advancement will be a robotic dog. It will not have to be large, just have frills it can spread like a lizard, or flashing eyes or something that will get the attention of the sheep. It could be programed to keep the sheep within a certain area, even fitted with a predator deterring weapon of some sort. It could return to a charging station every night to be replaced by a "night-shift" robot for 24 hour guarding. It's true you cannot beat the loyalty and companionship of a dog, and a well trained herding dog is a wonder to behold, however this may give you t... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cat_From_Hell 9 years ago
Damn, There goes my lifelong dream of being a sheep dog
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker 9 years ago
Drones... Herding sheep since 2015.... Cool to watch, but it won't seriously replace dogs until they are autonomous.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Harry_Dresden 9 years ago
That drone will have no problems ewe-turning... or is it turning ewe's?
Comment icon #8 Posted by TripGun 9 years ago
This is what US drones are doing to the citizens.

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