Livestock tracking and counting
Aside from being a preventative measure, livestock tracking also aids in the recovering of stolen animals. One of the more ideal ways to do this is through sheep ear tagging (part of the National Livestock Identification System – NLIS). Farmdeck has an automated counting and identification system for livestock, perfect to help you remain vigilant on your livestock count. It also removes the need to manually count sheep every few months. What makes this solution unique is that it consists of Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) that is carried on ear tags. The RFID sheep ear tags are designed and manufactured by our team, and an electronic reader is installed on your paddocks’ gates. The reader captures the RFID data up to 2km, which is perfect for when you move your sheep from a paddock to another through a gate. This allows you to see exactly which sheep has gone through the gate and which sheep is missing.
Additionally, you can fit an IoT collar on one of your livestock to track your mob in real-time – no matter where they are on your farm and from any device that it logged into the Farmdeck app.
Other innovative IoT solutions, specifically for tracking livestock (and also can be used to monitor the animal’s health) is by using injectable tags, inserted into the leg or tail, or through ingestible IoT sensors or microchips. The great thing about these tags is that it makes it harder for thieves to find and to remove.
These solutions give you the ability to constantly have sight of your livestock. By knowing location, as well as number count, it mean you can take immediate action if something doesn’t measure up.
Fences and video monitoring equipment
Always check that your fence lines are in good condition (whether they are electric or not) and that all gates are locked. This simple act could be a big deterrent for would-be thieves. Farmdeck has an Electric Fence feature that will immediately send you a notification if fence voltage is low. With multiple sensors on your fence line, each sensor monitors a narrower fraction of fence distance, detecting a fault by the sensor responsible for that section of the fence. Rather than having to inspect the entire fence for the single fault, you can just check the section of the fence that sent the alert. This will help you keep your livestock protected from pesky predators and stop them from wandering off.
Visible security measures are often an immense help – place these where your machinery, grain or livestock are kept or along trails to regularly monitor your livestock. With Farmdeck’s Video Surveillance feature, you will be able to view video logs in real-time. This surveillance feature differentiates movements from humans, vehicles, and livestock, making it possible to identify trespassers – along with facial and licence plate recognition, which increases the odds of retrieving the stolen assets. Along with the ability to remotely monitor your farm in real-time, you can also receive alerts for entry and motion detection for certain areas, increasing the security on your farm considerably.
Always be vigilant
Although smaller thefts are more difficult to get convictions on, the more evidence you have, the better your case will be when reporting it to the police. On the other hand, you can also help law enforcement stop criminal activities on farms by knowing what to look out for and how to report it in your state.
Securing your farm through IoT solutions
Let us help you secure your farm through our range of IoT solutions. Reach out to the Farmdeck team and let us create a customisable solution for your farm, meeting your unique needs and challenges.
Take a look at our Features page to view our IoT solutions and let us know if there’s something you require that’s not there. We keep adding new features to Farmdeck as we develop them and as they get requested by our customers.