Flying drone takes off with farmers
A family pioneering the use of drones on New Zealand farms believes there is a massive gap between the science, research and technology available today and its application on farms.
Neil Gardyne and his 14-year-old son Mark made television and news headlines internationally last year when they started flying drones over their 466- hectare hillcountry farms.
Instead of climbing on a quad bike twice a day to check on hogget lambing, the Gardynes programmed a drone to cover the same ground from the air. What took them two hours on a bike opening and closing 120 farm gates, took 20 minutes for the drone.
FLYING HIGH: Neil and Mark Gardyne took their drone to the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow this year.