Best Management Practices - Featuring Robocow

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[This is an entirely animated video.]

[Fade up from black.]

[Electronic music begins to building the background.]

[The video opens with a scene of a barnyard during sunrise. We can see various barnyard animals standing in the foreground. Text begins to scroll up on the screen.]

Text on screen: People had been waiting for this day…even the livestock and wildlife had been waiting. Once upon a time, their water supply was healthy, but as years passed, changes occurred. Fish populations decreased, swimmers began to itch and the water smelled funny. Now, at long last, a hero has appeared on the horizon. Who is this bovine champion?

[The text stops scrolling on the screen. We can now see something approaching in the air. An additional line of text pops up on the screen under the original text.]

Text on screen: None other than…

[Whatever is approaching in the air is getting closer. We can now see that it is a robotic cow. The title of the video appears on screen.]

Text on screen: ROBOCOW

[RoboCow flies directly at the camera and disappears.]

[The electronic music climaxes then stops.]

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The screen dissolves to blue. Clouds begin to move rapidly from left to right. RoboCow enters the screen from the right. RoboCow is wearing a jetpack and is flying through the air. Suddenly, she stops in the middle of the screen and begins to descend.]

[The camera descends so we can see a farm. A green line appears around the image to give the impression that the scene is being analyzed by a computer. Text appears in the upper left corner of the screen to show what is happening.]

Text on screen: Safety scan

[From the top of the screen, moving towards the bottom, the image begins to turn black, similar to an x-ray. The farm is now seen in wireframe. In a small shed, a stack of boxes begins to flash red. Red text begins to appear on screen.]

[Beep! Beep! Beep!]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Improperly stored pesticides and fertilizers

[The red text disappears. A green graphic indicating the groundwater appears. A red plume begins to descend from the boxes until it reaches the groundwater. The ground water then turns red. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Leaching to groundwater detected

[The red text disappears. A red line leading from the groundwater stretches up until it reaches the farm well. The well then turns red. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Contamination of well water detected

[The red text, groundwater, and both contamination plumes disappear. A new red plume begins to leach from the boxes. It begins seeping off the right side of the screen. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Run-off into surface water detected

[The camera moves to the right to follow the contamination plume. The plume reaches a surface water body and it turns red. A cow wanders over to the body of water, takes a drink, turns red, and falls over. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

[Cow mooing.]

Text on screen: Initiating clean-up procedure

[The screen dissolves to a close-up of RoboCow. The visor on her helmet begins to change colour.]

[The sound of a machine powering up.]

[Cut to RoboCow standing next to the shed where the red boxes are found. A laser comes out of her visor and starts changing the shed.]

[Cut to a shot of the new shed in the same environment. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Sealed compound with concrete floor installed

[The red text disappears and is replaced by new text.]

Text on screen: Mission accomplished

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes to RoboCow flying through the air. Clouds are whizzing past.]

[The shot changes to an aerial view of farmland with a body of water running through it. A green line appears around the image to give the impression that the scene is being analyzed by a computer. Green text appears in the upper left corner of the screen.]

Text on screen: Safety scan

[From the top of the screen, moving towards the bottom, the image begins to turn black, similar to an x-ray. The green text disappears and is replaced by red text.]

[Beep! Beep! Beep!]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Livestock watering directly from surface water

[The camera zooms into a section of the water body. The water body is currently green. A group of cattle appear on screen. The cattle are red. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Stream bank damage detected

[A portion of the stream bank turns red. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Excess algae growth detected

[The red text and red stream bank disappear. A red plume appears in the water body. New red text appears.]

Text on screen: Excess algae growth detected

[The red text, red cows, and red plume disappear. The camera zooms out to the original magnification of the aerial shot. A portion of the river turns red and the red begins to seep down the water body in both directions. Red text appears on screen.]

[The sound of water gurgling.]

Text on screen: Downstream water quality affected

[The red text disappears. The x-ray effect slowly disappears, from the bottom of the screen to the top. The camera zooms back in to the small stream that we focused on earlier. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Taking immediate action

[The red text disappears. The shot changes to a cartoon of a man lounging on the bank of a stream with a fishing rod. We can see something happening in the upper right corner of the screen. The man turns his head to see what is going on.]

[Banging is heard from off-screen.]

[The shot changes again. We are back at a close-up of the stream but this time it is in x-ray effect. Now there is a fence on the screen and a pump can be seen along the edge of the water. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Remote watering system installed

[The camera pans to the right to show a pipe running from the pump to a trough inside the cattle pen. The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text.]

Text on screen: Mission accomplished

[Cows mooing.]

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The x-ray effect disappears, from bottom to top. The shot changes to RoboCow flying through the air. Clouds are whizzing past. Suddenly, she stops in the middle of the screen and begins to descend.]

[The shot changes to show a field running next to a stream. A tractor with a pesticide sprayer appears on screen. Slowly, the x-ray effect returns, from top to bottom. Green text appears on screen.]

[The sound of a tractor motor.]

Text on screen: Safety scan

[Additional green text fades in to indicate the direction and velocity of the wind.]

Text on screen: Wind 45kph

[The green text indicating the safety scan disappears and is replaced by red text. The tractor continues to move through the field.]

[Beep! Beep! Beep!]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Sprayed pesticides contaminating surface water

[The red text disappears. As the tractor moves, a red plume begins to escape from the sprayer it is pulling. As it reaches the stream, the stream turns red. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Spray drifting to surface water detected

[The red text disappears. The tractor moves off screen. The stream returns to green. Additional red text appears.]

Text on screen: Initiating clean-up procedure

[The red text disappears. The shot changes to show RoboCow in the air. A jetpack appears on her back.]

[Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!]

[The shot zooms out to show her quickly flying over the stream and field. After her smoke trails over the entire screen, the shot changes again. We are back at an x-ray view of the field and the stream. The text indicating wind speed and direction has changed.]

Text on screen: Wind 5kph

[Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Buffer area between field and water created

[The sound of a tractor motor.]

[A dotted line appears on screen, going from the stream up the side of the field. The tractor appears on screen again, but this time only gets as close to the stream as the dotted line indicates. The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text.]

Text on screen: New nozzles installed on spraying equipment. Farmer advised to spray during calm weather

[The tractor safely moves off screen. No red plume is seen. The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text.]

Text on screen: Mission accomplished

[The green text disappears. The x-ray effect also disappears, from bottom to top.]

[Sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes to RoboCow flying through the air. Clouds are whizzing past. Suddenly, she stops in the middle of the screen and begins to descend.]

[The shot changes to show a different field running next to a stream. Slowly, the x-ray effect returns, from top to bottom. Red text appears on screen.]

[Beep! Beep! Beep!]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Soil run-off collecting in surface water

[The sound of a tractor motor.]

[A tractor appears in the field, moving towards the stream. As it moves, a red plume appears and drips down towards the stream. As it reaches the stream, the stream turns red. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Fertilizer, pesticide, manure contamination detected

[The tractor continues to move towards the stream. The red plume and red stream remain. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Initiating terrain improvement procedure

[The red text disappears. The shot changes to show RoboCow in the air. A jetpack appears on her back. She suddenly shoots upwards into the sky. Off-screen, we can hear her making changes to the landscape.]

[A voice is heard saying, "Three, two, one, ignition."]

[Banging is heard off-screen.]

[The shot changes to show the field and the stream without the x-ray effect. A row of trees pops up along the contour lines of the slope. A green buffer zone appears along the edge of the stream.]

[The view changes to x-ray. The stream is now green again. Green text appears on screen.]

[The sound of a tractor motor.]

Text on screen: Final scan

[The green text disappears. The contour lines of the slope begin to flash. Additional green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Tillage contoured to hills

[The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text. The green buffer area along the stream begins to flash.]

Text on screen: Grass planted by waterway to trap eroding soil

[The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text. The green line of trees begins to flash.]

Text on screen: Shelterbelt planted to reduce wind erosion

[The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text.]

Text on screen: No further contamination detected in this area

[The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text.]

Text on screen: Mission accomplished

[The green text disappears. The x-ray effect also disappears, from bottom to top.]

[The sound of a jet taking off.]

[The electronic music from the beginning of the video begins to build again.]

[The shot changes to the scene of the barnyard from the beginning of the video. The barnyard animals are in silhouette against a setting sun. Text begins to scroll up from the horizon.]

Text on screen: Her job finished now, RoboCow flew off again to parts unknown. The inhabitants of the land rejoiced with joyful romping, shouts of glee, and ecstatic mooing - their water was free of contamination! They would miss RoboCow, but in a way they hoped they wouldn't see her again, because they knew it could only mean one thing. They planned to keep their water safe in every way she had taught them how.

[The electronic music climaxes and stops.]

[The text disappears and is replaced by new text.]

Text on screen: The End?

[Fade to black.]

[Canada wordmark with animated Canadian flag fades up.]

Text on screen: Canada.

Text on screen: © Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, represented by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2007.

[Fade to black]

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