Barbed wire fences a thing of the past?

A Red Angus cow from the Mushrush herd wears a GPS collar.

High-tech might make barbed wire fences obsolete. It’s being tested in the ranching country of the Kansas Flint Hills where cattle on one ranch wear CPS collars and the rancher no longer worries about his 30 miles of fence line.

About the size of an iPhone and twice as thick, the collars offer a high-tech take on the kind of familiar invisible fences that homeowners install for dogs reported the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Considering how a new 5 or 6-strand barbed wire fence can cost several thousand dollars just for a quarter of a mile, it could end up saving ranchers a lot of money, not to mention maintenance time.

Click here for Capital Journal