Innovation Snapshot
Innovator:Dr. Edward Bork, University of Alberta
Location:Edmonton, Alberta

No Cow Left Behind

More than 10 million hectares of land in Alberta is currently dedicated to livestock grazing, much of it for the beef cattle industry. Traditionally, ranchers have managed their animals through cross-fencing and herding.

'Precision Ranching' is the use of technology to ensure animals remain in the 'right location at the right time.’ These technologies include GPS supported ear tags, neck collars, pedometers, and drones to track activity budgets and behaviors.

Precision ranching has the potential to simplify livestock management by deploying these technologies and allowing ranchers to continuously monitor their herds, leading to improvements in animal health. However, while these technologies are promising, they remain largely untested for commercial farming.

To simultaneously support on-farm profitability and environmental sustainability, this project will evaluate a variety of precision ranching technologies to determine their accuracy in key areas such as tracking habitat selection and improving animal control.

This project is part of Alberta Innovates’ Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge.

Partners: University of Alberta