Drone Vs. Silage Harvester, A Harrowing Tale
Farming is a way of life for many of us over here in the States. In Ireland it is equally as popular. They have lush green fields that help create the perfect environment for growing just about anything you can imagine as it relates to agriculture. Featured here is a drone flown by none other than Paul Brennan. You may not recognize his name. That’s alright. More on him in just a few sentences.
The attempt was to show a silage harvester in action, and it does. We get a solid ten seconds before the tiny little drone is bated from the sky like a dizzy dragonfly. It was short-lived in its entirety due to one tiny flaw… ground clearance. It seems that when you put a drone up against a massive piece of farming equipment, height matters.
The massive piece of farming equipment always wins out if you don’t have enough ground clearance. You can also call this the tale of the $3000 drone versus the $50,000 harvester. You get what you pay for. In the end the most expensive machine wins out.
â¨However, before you laugh at Paul’s mishap, there is a pretty neat back story here. As it happens, this is not his first attempt with a drone. In fact, he and his brother
Becoming an Internet Farming Phenom
However, before you laugh at Paul’s mishap, there is a pretty neat back story here. As it happens, this is not his first attempt with a drone. In fact, he and his brother have created somewhat of a YouTube sensation with drones as it relates to agriculture. Awhile back, Paul’s brother Declan bought a drone to help him with farming. However, the drone didn’t simply fly over fields to check for dry spots or help give a visual lay of the land. Nope, the drone had a larger purpose. In fact, you might say it had a job. It was purchased to be used as a virtual sheepdog. That’s right, Declan bought the drone to help out with his livestock. He raises sheep and had an idea of how to incorporate the drone as an aid of sorts. It actually herds somewhere around 150 sheep from pasture to pasture. Call it somewhat of an innovation and you would be right. The brothers? Well they call it efficient. The idea behind using the drone was simple. It is a time saver. Declan is able to recapture his time by monitoring his flocks from the house.
It is also quite convenient. I hear it gets cold in Ireland from time to time. Rather than bundle up to check on the sheep, Declan can send the drone out to do it for him. He can even deploy the drone in light rain. He can also check for nearby predators. Foxes are a huge problem for sheep in Ireland. They constantly have to be checked in order to keep them away. The drone allows Declan to keep an eye on the sheep more so than he already was, as well as herd them from place to place. He can check for nearby predators, make sure that all of the sheep are accounted for, and drive them to greener pastures with the flick of a joystick.
He and his brother Paul became an overnight Internet phenomenon when they uploaded the post below of his drone herding sheep to YouTube. It went viral almost instantly. They were nonplussed. Declan was just a “simple farmer” after all, to use his words. Also, keep in mind, this was not the first time they had uploaded a post involving a drone. Declan has an account where he regularly posts drone footage of his fields and other content related to agriculture. The brothers were no strangers to uploading footage. This was just the first time it went viral.
Farm Life Goes Viral?
Both of them were taken aback by a sheep post because they have much better material of drones showing nearby villages and impressive views of the surrounding natural landscape. At least, in their opinion the other posts are much better. Yet, his drone herding sheep has garnered more attention than all others to date. It just goes to show that you never know what can go viral. There are entire books written on things like Facebook viral marketing or viral marketing on Youtube, and yet these Irish brothers did it by chance using a drone herding sheep. Declan says that he will continue uploading posts to his accounts. His Facebook page has around 5000 followers and people seem to be interested in what he does. For now though, he will turn his attention to fixing the $3000 drone that was damaged in the silage harvester incident. According to him, all he needs is one new propeller and she should be ready to fly again. That’s fine with us, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.