Pöttinger SensoSafe: Keeping a couple of beady eyes on the job

Pöttinger’s SensoSafe is able to detect animals while mowing — better for them and for the stock that will be eating the ensiled crop. Staff at the Austrian Innovation Farm in Wieselberg have been testing the system

by Georg Ramharter and Josephinum Research

Even with a higher vantage point from the tractor seat, it's hard to spot wildlife hiding in long, lush grass, particularly fawns that don't flee and rely on their natural ducking reflex if they hear a mower coming. Not only is this bad news for fatally injured wildlife but also the animals that will eventually feed on the contaminated forage.