Could the newest farmhand be a drone?

Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is bringing drone technology to agriculture, one of the major industries with excellent potential for growth.

“We are looking at ways drones can be used on small farms,” said Dan Swafford, project associate for Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Farms could use drones as a ‘check-on’ tool to ensure that sheep are where they are supposed to be.”

drones for livestock management

Drones can help farmers gain quick access to see if an animal is in need or injured, to examine if a ewe has delivered a new lamb, or more generally to check the status of the farm.

Uav drone sprayer for agriculture

Agriculture is one of the industries where drones will make a big impact in the coming years. A report from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the potential market for agricultural drones is $32.4 billion

Last year, Extension held a field day during which experts showed how automated tools such as drones can help farmers with precision agriculture.