2020-052 – Secure, Remote Cattle Detection and Trapping System

Background When rangeland is ready to be harvested or cleared, the cattle present must be removed. Wrangling or herding of open range cattle is a suitable solution for domesticated cattle; however, a majority of range cattle do not fall into this category. When cattle are without regular human contact, they can revert to wild behaviors and fail to herd safely. Roping is a common alternative, but only suitable on yearlings, generally weighing less than 700 pounds. Large wild bulls are typically euthanized, as they are often too dangerous to wrangle or rope. Both herding and roping are extremely resource intensive and potentially life-threatening. There exists a present need for a safer and less resource intensive process to herd range cattle and other wild animals, when rangelands need to be attended. Technology Description A researcher at the University of New Mexico has developed a secure, remote cattle detection and trapping system. This system enables a virtual rancher or computer program to receive notifications when cattle enter an open pen, view the cattle via a camera subsystem, then actuate a relay controlled latch over a secure network to close a gate, trapping the cattle inside of the pen. This invention eliminates the need for a rancher having to resort to physical wrangling measures in an enclosure, and instead allows one to safely trap the cattle remotely. This system will not only save ranchers from potential injuries and death, resulting from traditional wrangling methods, but it will also save large, unpredictable bulls, which are too dangerous to be left roaming rangeland, from being culled. Andrew Roerick aroerick@innovations.unm.edu 505-277-0608

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