“Stock theft incidents have increased exponentially with the influx of people to the mines. We lost 86 cattle over a two year period,” she says.
The Hiemstra’s then approached FarmRanger for a solution. “Our herds are relatively small as we farm only with stud animals. We currently have eight active FarmRanger collars and use one of these plus a dummy collar with each herd of 50 cows or 35 calves.”
“The system works wonderfully and we have lost only one bull, not fitted with a FarmRanger collar, since installing the system.”
Some of the features on the FarmRanger app that Hiemstra finds useful includes being able to adjust the collars to sensitive mode each day at 18:00 until 06:00 the next morning. A location report is also generated each night at 20:00 allowing her to see where each herd beds down for the night.