Animals hiding in high grass or between heads of grasses are exposed to the risk of being injured and killed by reaping machines during harvest time. In addition to the death of these young animals, a harvest accident may lead to a bacterial contamination of the harvested grass or grain. There is a danger that animals that are fed with it will become seriously ill and die. Thermal infrared cameras mounted on drones can prevent crop accidents with wildlife: The fawns are located from the air and can be saved from the danger zone in due time.
Accidents involving wild animals when using reaping machines are a serious problem in agriculture. In particular, fawns hiding in fields between heads of grasses and tall grass two to three weeks after birth are vulnerable. Their instinct makes them freeze when exposed to danger, so that they cannot escape the harvesting machines. An accident with a deer might have disastrous consequences for a farmer: Undiscovered animal remains may lead to a bacterial contamination of the harvested grass or grain. If animals are fed with this, they can become seriously ill and die from botulism, for example.
Thermal infrared cameras mounted on drones can locate fawns and other wildlife from the air and prevent an accident in due time. Farmers avoid damage to tools and machinery, compensation payments to game tenants, judicial proceedings and fines for violating the Animal Welfare Act (Tierschutzgesetz, TierSchG). Furthermore, animals can be located from the air and wild animal counts can be performed with thermal imaging cameras.
The team at SPECTAIR provides support to farmers during the location of wildlife prior to harvesting. With the help of drones, pilots at SPECTAIR create thermal images of the respective field and can immediately locate wildlife with this method. Our experienced pilots and camera operators thus ensure that there are no accidents during harvesting. Moreover, drones equipped with infrared cameras are extremely suitable for performing animal counts from the air, even in areas with poor visibility.
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