With more than three years of experience on UK farms, Nofence will be exhibiting its virtual fencing at Lamma 2023. The company will showcase the opportunities this technology provides livestock producers in setting perimeters with no physical fencing.
Nofence’s combination of GPS, cellular communication, audio signals and solar power links to the smartphone app, allowing for the creation and monitoring of virtual fence perimeters.
Synne Foss Budal, general manager for Nofence UK, explained that the technology works with animal behaviour to set and enforce the boundaries: “When an animal steps over a Nofence boundary, the collars emit an audio cue to warn it of the boundary perimeter. If the animal does not turn around upon hearing the predictable audio cue the collars issue an electric pulse. The collars also track animal location and are developed with solar panels to ensure long-lasting battery life throughout the grazing season.”
Ms Budal reinforced the flexibility of the technology, saying: “The technology has proved to excel in a diverse set of applications. Our trial work and customer experience have shown that cattle can be grazed on intensive rotational and strip systems while successfully maintaining tight covers.”
By utilising the technology, farmers can reduce labour and infrastructure costs that would be incurred with physical fencing but retain flexibility in grazing management.
Farmers who currently use the technology will be at the Nofence Stand, number 7.946 in Hall 7, at the Lamma awards to share their experiences.