Concerned about their cow’s living conditions, the farmers in the cooperative can use this next generation of digital collar created by LITUUS to detect any health problems or welfare issues within their herd. It is a world first, continuously analysing and relaying information to farmers about the welfare and health of their cows. With this information, farmers can anticipate any potential health problems or distress in the herd.
How it works: Each cow is fitted with a collar. Equipped with sensors, the smart device detects the animal’s behavioural patterns and transmits the information via relay. The data is then analysed by specific algorithms. The farmer is instantly informed by an alert on his/her computer or mobile phone via a dedicated web platform.
This patented digital device relies on “artificial intelligence”, has a range of 2km and a battery life of around 5 years. The collar collects information on the behaviour of each individual cow and allows the farmer to analyse the health of the whole herd via:
- its rhythm: exercise, rest, food intake and rumination,
- its welfare: time spent out to pasture, thermal conditions and access to daylight
It is the first digital device able to measure health and welfare in this way. The data is compared to the regular behaviour of each individual cow but also that of the herd.
An initiative devoted to the welfare of animals!
LITUUS carried out technical research for more than two years in collaboration with AgTech and Cré’Innov, incubators from Euratechnologies and The University of Lille respectively. The digital collars were tested on dairy cows at the Institute of Genech, the biggest agricultural college in France. The School of Engineers at ISA Lille also helped with aspects related to livestock production.
WELFARM, an organisation devoted to the protection of farm animals and already in partnership with the Prospérité Fermière Ingredia cooperative, fully supports this unique move and encourages the continued improvement of animal welfare.
Prospérité Fermière Ingredia
The PROSPERITE FERMIERE cooperative was founded in 1949 in order to form a common system to process and increase the value of milk. INGREDIA is a subsidiary of Prospérité Fermière and has developed and produced dairy ingredients since 1991, such as milk powders, functional and nutritional proteins, and active ingredients for the food, nutrition and health industries in 120 countries. For more visit ingredia.com
Source: IngrediaAuthor: COX