Improving riparian zones and habitats

The health of the riparian zone is an overall contributor to river health. Wire fences damage or kill wildlife and damage the habitat by obstructing movement.

The eShepherd is a low cost method that will help protect rivers and sensitive environments from damage by livestock.

With a virtual shepherd you can:

Prevent livestock damage

Cattle urinate and excrete into rivers threatening drinking water, and aquatic wildlife. Cattle also erode river banks and destroy wildlife habitat along waterways and national parks. eShepherd can keep cattle out of rivers and national parks at a potentially much lower cost than conventional fencing in challenging terrain.

Avoid harming wildlife

Conventional barbed wire and electric fences can cause stress, injury and even death to wildlife, birds and others (eg children). With no physical barrier, native animals and wildlife are not constricted within a physical fence.

Avoid harming habitat

Conventional fences are intended to manage livestock but can have the unintentional effect of trapping or obstructing wildlife movement. Cattle can also destroy precious habitat. With eShepherd wildlife are free to move through the fence boundary.

Have flood and fire proof boundaries

Conventional fencing of rivers and nature parks is expensive and is easily damaged by flood and fire – governments and communities spend millions of dollars annually to build and repair fencing. eShepherd is flood and fire proof. It can be easily turned off if a flood or fire event threaten livestock, and can be used to recover stock afterwards.

Enable ecological grazing

Where livestock grazing is part of the natural ecology such as the UK, fencing is either impractical due to rough, inaccessible terrain or legally not possible. eShepherd is GPS based – unlimited by terrain, or size – any number of fences can be installed and removed as required. It can fence animals where conventional fencing is not possible.