A Conservation Innovation Grant awarded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
What if livestock could be managed and contained with minimal fencing on the landscape?
Eagle County ranchers are now using virtual fencing as a tool for adaptive grazing management to enhance rotational grazing & exclusion from sensitive areas such as burn scars and riparian zones.
Virtual fencing, or geofencing, for cattle ranchers is a relatively new and innovative technology. Using a wireless network of GPS communication data, geofencing allows producers to draw virtual boundary lines around livestock from a computer or smartphone to enhance grazing management strategies. It gives livestock producers tremendous flexibility in how they manage and control the movement of their herds across rangelands providing many ecological benefits.
The District’s goal of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of virtual fencing technology to manage livestock herds in the challenging terrain present in the mountains of western Colorado.
Natural resource benefits of adaptive grazing management include: