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Stress test: Australian study finds herding sheep via drone better for their welfare – The Guardian

Study finds sheep have higher heart rates when shepherded by traditional means

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Herding sheep using dogs, motorbikes or even people is not as ovine-friendly as a drone, new research shows.
A new Australian study found farmers who use drones to herd their flock have less stressed sheep and that methods of shepherding have a direct impact on animal welfare.
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture is not new, but the benefits have not previously been investigated.
What we found through this study is that the sheep had higher heart rates when theyre being shepherded…

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