Barbed wire was invented in the 19th century as a low cost but effective way to fence cattle and quickly spread around the world – particularly in the new agricultural lands in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. But wire fences, and barbed wire in particular, has been the cause of death and injury to wildlife. Deer in America, kangaroos in Australia, fruit bats, flying foxes, emu, birdlife and many other species are easily caught or tangled in the wire, or injured by the sharp barbs that are supposed to deter cattle.
The eShepherd virtual fence enables farmers to fence or move their livestock without a physical fence – truly fenceless farming that’s animal and wildlife friendly. Cattle wearing the collar are deterred from entering a barrier but wildlife can move freely without any danger of injury or death.