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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico State University researcher is tracking cattle behavior with GPS technology. Derek Bailey, a professor of range science at NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is investigating the behavior of cows and how to keep them sustainably grazing.
A news release from NMSU reports that since 2017, Bailey and his research team have used technologies to monitor animal welfare at the Deep Well Ranch located in Yavapai County in Arizona. The college reports that GPS tracking and accelerometers are utilized to monitor cattle activity as well as changes in normal behavior.
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Stating it’s like “a Fitbit for cows,” Bailey explains that the research at the ranch has demonstrated that tracking cattle this way could help identify water system failures. The data is analyzed by the researchers who develop algorithms and techniques to move cattle to areas that are under grazed and detect animal diseases and more.
In the news release, Bailey explains that cows typically have a pattern as they get a drink and they walk away before laying down. However, if the cows remain in an area, they’re waiting for water and become frustrated.
Using this method of monitoring livestock is less labor-intensive than doing so on horseback explains Baley who has also done collaborative research in Australia and found that monitoring behavior with accelerometers could detect diseases such as bovine ephemeral fever.
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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – ‘Golden Girls’ star Betty White suffered a stroke days before her death, according to several reports.
A death certificate obtained by TMZ lists White’s cause of death as a cerebrovascular accident, commonly known as a stroke. White died on Dec. 31 at age 99.
DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – The increase in COVID-19 cases has also led to the Durango Polic Department limiting non-emergency services. Patrol officers will still respond to all calls but civilian employees will work remotely for the time being. This will limit the availability of some services and building hours.
According to a news release from the city, the following are the limited services:
NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Blood donors can enter to win $5,000 this month. Vitalant, which services about 900 hospitals across 28 states, is experiencing low blood supply. So they’re offering an incentive to get people to donate. They say donors with blood type O are especially needed. They say four donors will win a $5,00 prepaid gift card.
“It’s important for people to remember that they can give blood immediately after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re healthy and well,” said Vitalant Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ralph Vassallo in a news release. “To ensure patient care isn’t jeopardized, we need people to schedule an appointment today. Even if the appointment is several weeks from now, setting and keeping it will help replenish what’s needed for both routine treatments and emergencies.”