Flock of robot sheep cuts grass in French vineyards

Xavier David-Beaulieu with one of the grass-cutting robots in the vines

Sheep are widely recognised as the best way to keep lawns trim but a French company is taking this a step further by producing a flock of grass-munching robots.

Guided by a “shepherd” with a smartphone, the devices are being used, in particular, to cut the grass between vine trunks in vineyards. Vines give up to 20% more fruit if grass around their trunks is removed.

The robots were developed over a period of eight years and are packed with new technology to provide an alternative to the use of grass-killers, such as glyphosate, which is in the process of being banned amid possible cancer concerns.

One of Vitirover’s co-founders, Arnaud de la Fouchardière, said tests have shown that the system has the same effect as removing all the grass using herbicide.

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