SA farmer gets sheep to call him

A South African farmer has equipped his sheep with cell-phone based tracking devices which can call him when the sheep are being threatened.

The farmer, in Western Cape province, uses a prepaid SIM card in a tracking device around the sheep’s neck. When the sheep run, which occurs when they are threatened, the device triggers a call to his cell phone.

One animal in each of his four flocks has been equipped with the device, which has to be charged every two weeks.

The farmer, Erard Louw, says the devices are significantly cutting his losses to stock theft.

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