Could barking drones be the end of the line for sheep dogs?

The hills could soon be alive with the sound of barking drones.

Drones are a popular tool on New Zealand farms where they are used for everything from checking on stock to surveying and spraying.

The latest model even lets farmers record their dogs barking and play the sound while using the drone during mustering.

But Fido probably shouldn’t feel threatened just yet, as farmers say drone technology is unlikely to replace working dogs.

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Northland sheep and beef farmer James Parsons said his farm had one drone to seven working dogs.

“We’re on quite steep hill country so we use the drone a lot at lambing

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