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Herdmeister 9000 Plus
Let digitally controlled goats loose on areas that need to be cleared of weeds and bramble bushes.
Goats are used as a environmentally friendly way of
clearing difficult terrain of overgrowth, but the
is the need to either fence off the many acres that need
be cleared or stay with them and watch that they don't
With the Herdmeister 9000 Plus, each goat has
that administers a mild shock if it wanders out of a
prescribed area. Just program the area that needs to be
cleared by your goat herd and let them loose. The collars
won't let them go out of the designated area of a exact
shape that you've designated. You can even program
narrow paths to go from one area to the next.
Land clearing problems got you in a baahaaaahaad
Harsh herbicides getting your goat? Don't let expensive
clearing equipment butt into your profits. It would be-
ya to get the Herdmeister 9000 Plus system going.
The Heardmeister 9000 Plus. The "goat" to solution for
your land clearing needs.
Goats for everybody (but not me yet). [MechE, Oct 08 2015]
Here's your technology - oh, and category please - you should know better by now...
[normzone, Oct 12 2015]
||I had a similar idea once but wondered if goats (well, I was using better animals) would consistently work out that the shocks are associated with an imaginary border. I was concerned that you would just end up with manic-depressive goats, addicted to medicated grass.
||With a bit of engineering, you could probably tap
right into the cortex such that the goat just felt an
overwhelming urge not to go past some point.
||They probably use electric fencing, but + for
//digitally controlled goats//
||There are Amazon goats, and they're available for rental
if you need them (in some areas).
||I suspect this could be handled the same way that
invisible dog fences work. It's not so much that the collar
prevents them from doing it, but it is the basis for
training them where they can go. In order for it to work
in a new area, it would probably require a multi part
signal (a "getting near the edge, at the edge, shock) sort
||Of course the invisible fence uses a buried wire that you
wouldn't want to bother with, but there's no reason you
couldn't use a GPS version, although it might cause
problems if you lose communication with one of the
||We advocate a pilot study, but using cats instead of goats.
||I think that's a very bad idea, [8th]. For one thing,
cats generally don't have the strength needed to
operate a control column. Also, the headsets don't
generally fit properly.
||I thought they didn't exist?
||By the way, obviously these would be wireless collars
whose locations were tracked by GPS and
radio triangulation. You could instantly reconfigure
the areas being grazed with a graphic interface map
and the collars would administer a mild shock that
got progressively more intense as they approached
||If you sprayed a dye in a line around the perimeter of the
area inside of which you have programmatically restricted
the goats, then the goats would have a visual referent for
the boundary. Such dyes are quite available; I've
personally used a green dye to enhance the color of
||And what did the owners of said trees have to say
||I gladly share my property with bobcats and have never had
a goat problem.
||That's unlikely to work. Goats (at least in Africa)
simply don't recognise crocodiles as a threat - they
(the crocs) are simply too different from anything
that goats have evolved to fear.
||You would therefore need to use the robot crocodiles
to herd hyenas (which are afraid of crocodiles),
which in turn would herd the goats.
||[MaxwellBuchanan], the owners were paying me to spray
||What happened to the Herdmeister 2000? Haven't you heard
||And by the way goats are considered highly intelligent. A
mother will show its young what not to eat (if it senses
poisonous plants) and there have been goats known to
imitate human speech. Seriously, not as a human stunt.
||The previous model was the Heardmeister 9000 designed to
drive livestock from one location to the other complete
with steering, stop and go function and full GPS and or radio
||The 2000 model was a whip.