Using Drones To Spy on Dairy Cows

Photo by Michael Griffiths, via Munchies

Photo by Michael Griffiths, via Munchies

When I pull into the yard of Smith’s Farm, home to Powell Agricultural Contractors in the Wiltshire countryside, wariness is the last thing on my mind, despite the fact that owner Gareth Powell greets me with an ominous-looking silver box.

“The drone’s in here,” he says.

Powell’s day job is being behind the wheels of a large tractor, which he uses to spread slurry across the county’s farms. To ensure the slurry he has spread is evenly distributed and the pipes that run underneath aren’t damaged, he uses a drone.

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