A special collar has been created by a scientist in Switzerland that will detect when a sheep’s heart rate rises. The increased heart rate that remains raised for a long time is a signal of distress. When a sheep becomes distressed, the collar will send a text message to shepherds.
The concept could be used as a replacement for sheepdogs, which are more costly to maintain in a world where just about everyone carries a mobile phone.
In a recent trial, the gadget was fitted to to the collars of 12 sheep. When they were exposed to muzzled Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs, the sheep’s hearts jumped from around 60-80 beats per minute to around 230.
Dr Landry told the BBC that the first collars would be produced in the autumn.
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