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Virtual Fencing Leads to Virtual Herding for Central Montana Rancher

Leo Barthelmess is no stranger to innovative ranching ideas. He and his family are long-time participants in the Montana TNC Matador Ranch grassbank, and Leo consistently seeks ways to better manage grass and livestock.

An article in John Deere’s The Furrow sheds light on Leo’s foray into the concept of virtual fencing (vence), which can lead to reduced fencing costs and benefits to the rancher’s bottom line.

From the article: The Barthelmesses picked up 45 days of winter grazing by intensifying their grazing and are excited about what they may achieve with virtual herding.

“We’re just one of the species that make a living here,” Leo says…”the number of uses and applications are only limited by our imagination.”