18 March 2019
The Times is today (March 18) featuring a story on a project being run in conjunction with the university and local farmer Wojtek Behnke, looking at herding sheep through positive reinforcement behaviour.
Unlike recent videos coming out of New Zealand, showing sheep being herded from behind with a drone (similar to the fashion used with a sheep dog), this project instead encourages sheep to associate drones with being provided with food; leading to them willingly following the drone.
Read more on the newspaper's website (subscription required): https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/one-man-and-his-drone-could-replace-sheepdogs-rrk5v0tq0
On Tuesday 9 April, Harper Adams's National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF) will be hosting the Drones for Farming Conference 2019. You can learn more about this project, and other work involving drones in agriculture, at the event. For more information visit: http://harper.ac.uk/dffc19t