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Security Systems 103: The Basics of Ag Monitoring

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Mar 18, 2015 4:37:00 PM

Security Systems 103: The Basics of Ag MonitoringWhen you're considering getting an ag/livestock monitoring system for your farm, you'll have some questions.

  • Why does my farm need a system to monitor my livestock?
  • What features are available in an ag monitoring system?
  • What companies should I consider?

To help you better understand the monitoring system options for farms, we'll answer all of these questions and more.


Why does my farm need a system to monitor my livestock?

What are the critical assets of your farm and what would happen if you lost them? Agricultural monitoring systems protect your assets against loss, whether by theft or lost revenue due to problems with animals.

picture of a barn at sunset

Whether you leave the farm for the winter, spend long hours out in the fields during the warmer months, or are simply away from your farm for a short time, an ag monitoring system can help protect your farmplace and outlying buildings.

An ag monitoring system can provide round-the-clock protection 365 days a year, looking out for fire, flooding, and temperature variances.

An ag monitoring system is designed to detect problems within your barns and outlying buildings. When a sensor is triggered, a signal is sent to a monitoring station who will notify the people on your call list.

What features are available in an ag monitoring system?

The main purpose of an ag monitoring system is to detect problems in animal barns and other outlying buildings.

Main components of an ag monitoring system include a control panel and various types of environmental sensors. Temperature sensors can detect extreme high or low temperatures. There are also options for water pressure monitoring and automatic feeding equipment. Other features in an ag monitoring system include video cameras and detection of power failure.

What companies should I consider?

First, you'll want a company you can trust. Make sure the security company you select is a reputable business and runs background checks on their employees. Does the company have a website? An office? A local presence? How long have has the company been in business?

You'll also want to consider whether you want a company that specializes in agricultural monitoring systems. How much experience does the company have with farms? What kind of customer service does the company offer? Is the company local and familiar with rural areas, farmers, and communities?


Every farm can benefit from an ag monitoring system that will protect their assets. If you install a system, you may also be eligible for insurance savings or other benefits. Don't leave anything to chance — an ag monitoring system for your farm can protect your livestock and your property.

For more information about agricultural monitoring systems or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us.

Sources: Rural Security Planning - Security Planning in a Nutshell, Rural Security Planning — Farm Security: Where to Begin

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