Precision grazing: State of the science and opportunity for user feedback on new technologies

TitlePrecision grazing: State of the science and opportunity for user feedback on new technologies
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsMcIntosh M., Spiegal S, Aney S, Steiner J
Conference NameSociety for Range Management Annual Meeting, ABQ, NM Feb 10, 2022
Date Published3/29/2028
ARIS Log Number393174
Keywordsfeedback, new technologies, opportunity, Precision grazing, science, state
Abstract

Precision farming technologies are an emerging management platform aimed at digitizing crop and animal production practices to enable detection and mediation of real-time environmental and welfare concerns and to equip producers with affordable, accurate, and easy-to-use tools to improve production sustainability. The goal of this symposium is to highlight current state-of-the-art precision grazing and digital ranching tools, techniques, and platforms under study and in development for application on extensive rangelands. The session will be broadly targeted toward scientists, government agencies, and producers, all of whom are presumed to benefit from precision grazing technologies. The morning session of the Precision Grazing symposium will feature a suite of rangeland scientists investigating various precision grazing tools including virtual fencing, tri-axial accelerometers, and grazing detection instruments, as well as producer outlooks on digital ranching necessities. The afternoon session will feature work conducted by the Sustainable Southwest Beef Coordinated Agricultural Project which is aimed at developing an integrated precision grazing system and dashboard that can track cattle and sheep welfare and geolocation, body condition scores, and other ranch infrastructure in near real time in various production systems.