Virtual Fence Technology

Explore the transformative potential of virtual fence technology in livestock management. Although it was first conceptualized in the 1980’s, virtual fencing has only recently become practical for working ranches, and its rapid evolution has significant implications for a broad range of land management and livestock production goals and values. This video series showcases early adopters from across the U.S., sharing their experiences and insights to help you effectively integrate virtual fencing into your operations.

Part 1 - Before You Start

Explores the expansive potential of virtual fence technology in agriculture. Through firsthand experiences it delves into the learning curves, management objectives, and ecological benefits associated with implementing virtual fencing for livestock management. It emphasizes sustainability and efficiency in grazing practices for a prosperous future in agriculture.

Part 2 - Getting Started

The second installment navigates the evolving landscape of virtual fence technology. It stresses the importance of developing support networks, discusses technical considerations, highlights system limitations, and emphasizes the importance of building a strategic grazing plan for effective implementation, providing valuable guidance for users seeking to harness the full potential of this innovative agricultural tool.

Part 3 - Up and Running

Virtual fence technology isn’t a replacement for animal husbandry or ranch management practices, but rather, it provides users with another tool in the toolbox that offers ultimate flexibility and adaptability. Monitoring progress and adaptive management are crucial for success and while some benefits may not be seen immediately there are a range of ancillary benefits that users can enjoy along the way.

A Vision for Success

Pat Luark, a seasoned rancher, and Kristy Wallner, a rangeland management specialist for the BLM, share their journey with virtual fence technology on public lands. Through collaboration with organizations like the US Forest Service and the NRCS, they are building the first large scale virtual fence network on public lands, enhancing grazing management and ecosystem restoration efforts across vast landscapes, aiming for increased grazing flexibility and sustainable land stewardship.


Rangelands Gateway