Boviguard fenceless fencing system on Rhos Common
Since 2018 PONT has worked with various partners to trial the use of livestock collars to help keep livestock safe and support tracking on large open spaces.
PONT’s first trial was use the Boviguard fenceless fencing system on Rhos Common. Graziers were reluctant to turn cattle due to the fast road that bisects the common, where they had suffered losses in the past. The collars alert the cattle to a fence line laid on the ground, preventing them from being able to cross roads or to reach other dangerous hazards.
This trial was successful but the technology has now been superseded by the NoFence geofencing system which does not require a cable to be laid on the ground.
Digitanimal tracking collars on Coity Wallia common
The second trial was of Digitanimal tracking collars on Coity Wallia common, Bridgend. These collars help graziers locate their livestock, enabling easier and faster stock checking on difficult terrain. The trial began in 2019 and the collars are still being used to date by the graziers and by other farmers across Wales.
More recently the No Fence Geofence collars have been trialled on the Gower commons in partnership with Gower Commoners and Natural Resources Wales. Lines are drawn virtually on a mobile phone application, prevent cattle from leaving designated areas. The collar emits an audible warning as the cattle approach these virtual fence lines, followed by an electric pulse if the audible warning is ignored.
A mobile phone app and online interface provides detailed tracking information. This trail has been a resounding success, the cattle have not been able to venture onto the busy roads across the common, preventing potential road traffic accidents whilst ensuring that important habitats can be grazed.