High-tech drones target sick cows in Texas research

Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras have been buzzing over a feedlot near Amarillo lately as researchers develop test methods to identify feverish animals before they show symptoms of illness, like eating less feed, or infecting other animals.

Scientists within the Texas A&M University System are testing new technologies to find ways to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock and provide consumers with a healthier meat supply.

Engineers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research say they think thermal imaging will allow producers to detect sick animals earlier and target their use of antibiotics more precisely than is possible with current technology …


Longview (TX) News-Journal | March 3, 2019

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