Monday, August 15, 2016

Roundup by Robot

No need to haul around the chuck wagon!

Rounding up cattle on the La Escalera Ranch in Far West Texas, using a Phantom 3 drone:

La Escalera Ranch ("Herding Cattle with a Drone") from Lyda Video & Photo on Vimeo.

Cattle herding in Queensland, Australia, from an article in International Business Times:

Robot-herding cattle in the Azores-- with extremely annoying soundtrack.

Herding sheep by drone in New Zealand: Article in the Daily Mail.

What prompted my interest in this at once esoteric and emblematic rural activity? As those of you who have been flowing this blog know, I am at work on a book about Far West Texas. I spent the weekend transcribing some of my notes from driving around out there, including a spectacular stretch of US-385 heading south at sunset from Fort Stockton to Marathon. Judging from the number of gates out there with the logo that looks like a III, or a small ladder, La Escalera Ranch owns the zone. Hence, the Google, which landed me on their very interesting website with that video of the drone roundup. 

On that note, Kevin Kelly's The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future is a most enlightening read. Highly recommended.