CSAIL Professor Pioneers Free-Range Cattle Fence
September 24, 2008
Professor Daniela Rus is exploring the challenges of penning in an animal that, by definition, needs room to stretch its legs. In doing so, they are subtly redefining the concept entirely. Since a fence is essentially a behavior regulation device, Rus and her colleague David Anderson set out to duplicate the function while leaving the form behind.
The device they created, the Ear-a-round, serves as a sensor of the animal’s behavior as well as a disciplinary tool if that behavior is not in keeping with the desires of the owner. While they are not cheap, running roughly $600 per cow, the researchers are now attempting to determine if outfitting the herd’s leaders will have a trickle-down effect on the herd as a whole. To read more, click here.