Fly­ing drone takes off with farm­ers

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ROB TIPA

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.

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