Tech, high-speed internet help today's ranchers thrive
This isn't your grandfather's ranch.
Although Smith still tracks cattle on horseback, he's employed new technology like a quadcopter drone to help him.
Sending the drone across a river or over trees to see where cows might be can save him hours of riding, he told Spark contributor Matt Meuse, who travelled to the ranch last fall to make a documentary.
Laing points out that they have also eliminated the longstanding practice of branding calves, instead using RFID tags to identify them. This reduces stress on the animals, which keeps them healthier.
Click above to listen to Meuse's documentary.