Ireland Teens Develop Sheep Collar Monitor to Combat Attacks
March 14, 2014

A sheep collar with a built-in pulse monitor that sends a very high frequency (VHF) signal to a global system for mobile communications (GSM) receiver that than sends a text to a farmer when his or her sheep are under attack is under development by three Meath-based teenagers.

Edel Campbell, Zoe Maguire and Ricardas Cepanauskas, all 13 years of age, won this year's Meath County (Ireland) Enterprise Board Competition with this business idea and now the teenagers are running a FundIt campaign to develop a prototype of the innovation.

"When sheep are under attack, the pulse rate of the sheep elevates above the normal 60-90 beats per minute for a sustained period. This triggers a VHF signal to be emitted from the collar and picked up by a receiver located in a secure area of the field. This receiver will also have a GSM, which will text the farmer informing him that his sheep are under attack," the teen business leaders outlined.

"The pulse sensor will record the pulse every 15 seconds, so when the sheep are in danger the farmer will get a text on his phone. If the farmer doesn't respond with a blank text within two minutes, the message will be sent again."

According to the teenagers, the advantages of this invention are that it saves the lives of sheep and also dogs as they would have to be put down by the farmer if it attacked sheep. The collars also save the farmers from expensive veterinarian bills for treating injured sheep, they said.

"It will also protect the farmers. It will give him or her peace of mind and it will also send him or her a message when sheep are lambing allowing the farmer to get a better night's sleep."

The businesswomen hope to have the product on shelves by the end of 2014. Their FundIt campaign is available here http://fundit.ie/project/sheep-watch.

Reprinted in part from AgriLand