Smart cow might sound like an oxymoron to you. It does sound pretty ridiculous. But major companies have started to take that idea into consideration in order to create the “connected cow” using IoT.
Farmers have benefited from the advancement of technology from the past 50 years. Because of this, they received better food, better treatment. new way of harvesting. These advancements were centered around maximising the amount of milk the whole heard produces.
IoT is turning the way farming works on its head. Instead of looking at the whole heard, farmers are now using the internet of things to maximize the milk production of each cow produces. This is achieved through various captor that track each cow’s health, diet, estrogen level, activity….
Some example of the IoT smart cow:
Connecterra: a Dutch start-up company. They created Fitbit style necklaces which are used to track cows. It monitors movement and feeding habits. With that information, famers detect the perfect time to milk them and if they’re feeling ill.
Moocall: a Irish company that creates tail movement sensor. The device act as a birthing sensor. It is triggered by a cow’s contraction and automatically sends a message to the farmer. With that information, farmers can be with the cow one hour before it gives birth and help it if needed. Over 110,000 calf and 50,000 cows die each year in the UK because of birth related issues. Hence, Moocall is there to help reduce that number and help farmer minimize losses.
Afimilk: a more simple concept from an Israeli IoT start-up. Afimilk is a pedometers attached to the hooves of the cows. By tracking their amount of steps, farmers know if they are getting enough activity. Furthermore, when a cow approaches heat, it tends to walk more. Farmers use this knowledge to get the perfect time for insemination.
In conclusion, these are just a few of many example of IoT devices that help farmer produce more better quality milk. In just the spam of a decade, these new technologies have help the industry modernize itself. By looking into each individual cow’s health, both the well being and the quality of the milk have gone up.