Fortschritte Naturstofftechnik

Development of a system for selective pasture care by an autonomous mobile machine

Authors: Seiferth, Benjamin

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  • The pasture robot – a revolution for cow pastures in terms of agriculture 4.0
  • Based on the integration of known technologies and components
  • Offers comprehensive information on the prototype’s development
  • Features a wealth of illustrations and tables
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This book examines the possibility of automating pasture care by fusing conventional technologies with modern sensor technologies, including the accompanying electrification. It subsequently explores the feasibility and benefits of such a system on the basis of a prototype.
The overall challenge in fodder production, and in milk and meat production, is to shift the focus away from the economic aspects and toward achieving a better balance with ecological and societal aspects. In the future, pastureland will become an increasingly valuable resource. Good pasture turf is the basis of high grazing performance and an efficient grazing farm; reduced quantity and quality of pasture forage are chiefly due to insufficient pasture care.
The prototype developed and discussed here, based on a commercially available remote-controlled mulcher, performs the selective pasture maintenance needed for precision farming. The vehicle has been upgraded with a GPS system for automatic guidance, while a 2D laser scanner is used to localise relevant spots in real-time. The pasture maintenance operations include mulching of un-grazed spots and reseeding of damage done by footsteps. The book presents the results of field tests on effective spot detection and the fuel-saving benefits of selective mulching.

About the authors

Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Seiferth​ studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mobile Machinery/Transport and Off-Road Vehicle Technology. Between 2014 and 2017 he was a scientist at the Bavarian State Research Centre for Agriculture (LfL) and an external PhD student at the Institute of Agricultural Systems at the Technical University of Dresden.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Development of a system for selective pasture care by an autonomous mobile machine
Authors
Series Title
Fortschritte Naturstofftechnik
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Vieweg
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer-Verlag GmbH, DE, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-61655-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-61655-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-61654-3
Series ISSN
2524-3365
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 106
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