Today we went for a drive 200 kilometers east of where we live where rain has been scarce in the last 6 months.
Keep an eye on the water supply
Raising livestock or growing crops both require substantial amounts of water. Did you know that a grazing cow needs from 40 to 60 liters of water per day? Farmers need to calculate the amount of water they have available for the number of stock they carry. A severe drought will affect both the water supply and the pasture growth so to mitigate the consequences of dry times farmers should be planning ahead either to develop an irrigation system using stored or underground water or reducing stock numbers to a sustainable level until the situation improves. Either way they need to act early because other farmers will be looking to either offload stock through the markets creating a glut and reduced prices or they will be looking for agistment country which may be at a premium because of supply versus demand.
A drone on the farm can alleviate these issues because it will help the farmer monitor the situation before it reaches a crisis point and he can also use his drone to source areas where there might be an oversupply of feed and water. He can then go and approach the property owner and put a proposition to him to lease or agist some land to help him through a dry period.
Check for water logging and soil damage!
We have spent many hours in an over wet season trying to find some dry land with sufficient feed and water for our cattle. Hours we have spent driving around every back road and knocking on doors to procure some extra land to see us through an excessively wet time. Those hours could be spent fixing fences or keeping up with the records or even having a day at the beach. Water logged paddocks do not provide a healthy environment to raise cattle and the damage done by hundreds of hooves breaking up the pasture and soil can take a long time to recover .
So whether it is too wet or too dry we need to be aware early and take appropriate action.
Employing our drone to monitor and then to source a solution could save thousands of dollars.
A drone may well be the most valuable tool for a farmer to have in his possession. If he can save a situation from reaching crisis point by regular and thorough monitoring he will pay for the drone many times over in just one season.
Update: Queensland Floods
Queensland once again is experiencing some extensive flooding from monsoonal rains. For farmers wanting to identify damage and locate stock a drone is the perfect tool. Drones can be used to locate the stock and to move them to higher ground.