Washington Cattlemen’s Association Article
March 2015 Publication
Why can’t that cattle fence call me? That was the question that started a new adventure for a young farmer on the family farm in Quincy, WA. Ryan Escure, who works with his father, Patrick, on a 1000 acre irrigated farm in the Quincy Basin, had that question rattling in his head for a few months. Ryan graduated from the local Quincy High School and continued his schooling at Washington State University and ITT Technical Institute in Electronic Engineering Technologies. He worked for Hewlett-Packard while he went to school in Spokane, WA; after graduation, he went to work for Nikon as an Intel subcontractor in research & development for 7 years in the semiconductor industry. “Working with optics, lasers, seismic measuring equipment, and measuring everything in nanometers was intense, but a lot of fun.” Ryan decided to come back to the farm to raise his son who was only 2 at the time. “I picked the right time to come back into farming; GPS was the big thing at that time, and I was able to jump right in and run with it.” He met Pam, his now wife, shortly after returning to the farm.
Ryan and his father Patrick reorganized the farm a bit: automating the irrigation equipment and designing a new strip-till gooseneck planter for planting corn. Ryan was used to automation at this point and understood what it takes to install and manipulate the equipment and software.
In the spring of 2012, while driving a tractor back and forth planting corn, Ryan watched his neighbor gathering some loose cattle that got out the night before, and the wheels started spinning. “Why can’t that cattle fence call me? The irrigation equipment does?” He approached his neighbor about the idea, and his neighbor said, “If you can build it we will be your 1st customer!” After a year of research, the first prototype was completed, it took another year to complete testing on all applications. All in all, the system worked extremely well, well enough that other ideas started to form. As a result, Ryan and Pam started Eagle Eye Monitoring Systems, LLC in September of 2014. Their company has expanded not only monitoring electric fences for livestock, but monitoring security perimeter fences, irrigation equipment for wire theft, water pumps for orchardist and farmers, monitor high/low pressures and many other applications, including the ability to operate on solar power. All these options are monitored through your cell phone with a simple text message.
Ryan has put together a team which has over 40 years of experience in dealing with electric fences and designing electronic equipment. Currently, Eagle Eye is monitoring over 100,000 head of cattle, protecting over 100 commercial businesses, 50 residential homes, and a handful of irrigation equipment. Lad Irrigation has also teamed up with Ryan and his company to monitor pumps, pressures, wire theft, and other applications.
Ryan and Pam are still farming with Ryan’s father. His equipment is being used on all 12 of their irrigation circles and pumps and in the winter they are being used to monitor the cattle fences for after harvest foliage. The Eagle Eye team that Ryan manages has engineers and sales personal on the east and west coast. For more information call 1-844-787-0705 or visit electricfencealarm.com.