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Icelandic Farmer Uses Drone to Herd Sheep

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Icelandic Farmer Uses Drone to Herd Sheep

Photo: Dagmar Trodler

Icelandic farmer Ólafur Ólafsson has found a new kind of helper for herding his sheep: a drone. He told Vísir the drone saves him a lot of work, though he does wish it could bark.

Ólafur’s farm is located in Bárðardal valley in Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla, Northeast Iceland, the same region where the movie Rams was filmed. The farmer uses the drone to drive the sheep home from the fields and into the barn for the night. Watch the drone and sheep in action below.

Ólafur says he bought the drone in the fall and it has since proven its worth. He says the only thing the drone is missing is a barking sound, though he has found one way around the shortcoming: when the sheep need some extra encouragement, he increases the drone’s speed, which creates a louder sound which the animals respond to. If a lone sheep strays the course, he can use the drone to drive it back to the group.

The drone can fly for up to 30 minutes at a time and has a seven-kilometre (4.3 mile) reach, saving Ólafur plenty of time and energy.

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