Our product is a Sheep collar with an inbuilt Pulse Monitor, which sends a VHF signal to a GSM receiver, which texts the Farmer when his sheep are under attack.
When the Sheep are under attack, the pulse rate of the sheep elevates above the normal 60-90 beats per minute for a sustained period. This triggers a VHF signal to be emitted from the collar and picked up by a receiver located in a secure area of the field. This receiver will also have a GSM, which will text the farmer informing him that his sheep are under attack.
The pulse sensor will record the pulse every 15 seconds, so when the sheep are in danger the farmer will get a text through to his phone. If the farmer doesn’t respond with a blank text within 2 minutes the message will be sent again.
The advantages of this invention are that it saves the lives of sheep and also dogs as they would have to be put down by the farmer if he attacked his sheep. The collars also save the farmers from expensive veterinarian bills for treating injured sheep.
It will also protect the farmers. It will give him peace of mind and it will also send him a message when sheep are lambing allowing the farmer to get a better night’s sleep
As part of our business we are donating 5% of our profit to ISPCA the leading animal welfare charity in Ireland. ISPCA specialise in rescue, animal welfare and preventing cruelty to animals. The ISPCA is a national charity and was established in May 1949, by a group of committed volunteers from across Ireland, and since then the ISPCA has worked locally and nationally rescuing, rehabilitating and responsibly re-homing cruelly treated and neglected animals.
The origins of the idea came about when one of our team members, Emma, was having a conversation with her dad about a major sheep kill in the midlands and hearing about all the sheep worrying incidents in local farmers’ fields. They discussed ways of how sheep could be monitored to safe guard them from dog attacks and how the owner of the sheep could be alerted that their sheep were under attack.
This idea was never acted upon, until Emma was with a group of her school friends, Edel Campbell, Zoe Maguire and Ricardas Cepanauskas trying to come up with a Business Idea for a Local County Enterprise project. The idea was pitched to her friends, and they thought the idea was good so they teamed together to develop it further.
The money we receive from this campaign will go towards the development of the product. We expect to have the product on shelves by the end of 2014.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
The Sheep Watch team