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How Data Analytics Is Helping Dairy Farms

How Data Analytics Is Helping Dairy Farms
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Do you know Data Analytics plays a prominent role in Dairy production rates? Use of data analytics not only yield financial benefits but for improving the health of animals thereby improving milk yield. Integrated dairy farm of Mid Valley Foods demonstrated this. All the records about health, breeding, individual cow’s milk production, changes in milk production are captured and used for analysis.

Blue Collar Sensor Tag:

Data Analytics provides the opportunity for constant monitoring of cows. A blue-collar sensor tag with a unique identification tag is hanged around the neck of the cow. This tags continuously monitor the well being of cows and health condition. As a part of the experiment, a blue-collar sensor is hanging on to 400 plus cows which include Jersey, Ongole, Gir, Holstein, Ghashian. All these cows are allowed to gaze on 125 acres land near the foothill of Panchali malai in Arumbavur village of Tamil Nadu. All the information about the cow is carried to the central server with the help of these tags. Apart from this, a veterinarian always monitors the cows for taking appropriate actions.

Insemination:

If a cow is ready to inseminate an alert is being sent to the server. In the past veterinaries used to touch the cow’s nose for detecting the readiness of insemination. But at present after receiving of a signal from the server, veterinarian artificially inseminate the cow. If a particular cow is not yielding and pastured, it will be detected with the help of a software alert.

Milk yield will vary from 8 to 32 instantly by providing good living conditions, providing healthy food and using technology. Nowadays dairy farming is all about analytics, data and predictive analytics. Likely yield of each and every cow for the next five years can be forecasted by software with the help of cow’s behavioural pattern.

As soon as the calf is born, a unique number belt is attached to the animal which gives all the information about the parent and doctors list who performed artificial insemination and semen source. From that point, its entire lifecycle is monitor along with the behavioural pattern. In addition to that, all the data about the cow were bought from the open market.

At present milk is sold in Chennai through the application which charges 80rs/- per litre. As soon as the milk is delivered, the delivery person will be able to scan the milk box with QR code for getting exact information about the delivery with exact timing.400 litre of milk is to be delivered every day through this app.

Improving dairy production:

Data Analytics plays a major role after the production of milk and other dairy products. Robotic milking system will help to take much of the milking work and milk analysis is done. Each product is assigned with barcodes and log ID is updated into the database. In case of any defective product in quality check, the database is to be accessed for information which led to the effect.

Data supports the idea that precision dairy farming practices are valuable. Cargill Inc., one of the largest agricultural companies in the world, reports an 11.7 per cent increase in milk production on Italian farms using its Dairy Intelligent application. Data monitoring also allows Chitale Dairy based in India to produce more than five litres of milk per animal.

By 2050 the precision agriculture industry is expected to be worth around 240$. For making the data and insight accessible to farmers it is working to improve the associated technologies. Machine learning is adopted into smart agriculture systems which mean accuracy is improved when used more.

Herd location tracking:

Cow’s movement can be tracked with the help of sensors. These sensors will also give information regarding the health of animals. The location tracking system is developed by an Israeli company which is called cattle watch. It is used to pinpoint the individual location of animals and regularly counts the herd. For ensuring cows to stay in correct field geofences are being set up which helps to send out drones for checking the herd. In case of any theft or sense of possible predator to attack cows, the system will give an alert.

Monitoring Animal Health:

Farm operations can be done with the help of data collected from sensors. Usually, the sensors are in the form of internet-connected tags and smart collars which are connected to cow’s ears. Even pills which stay inside the rumen which is the largest of cow’s stomach after cow’s swallow them.

Cow’s location and health can be collected with the help of this device which is then transmitted through the cloud. Farmers can access the data through smartphones and tablets. These devices help to ensure that cows are getting sufficient nutrition.

Not only cows get benefitted with this data analytics, but also farmers can be beneficial from it.

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Written by Siva Prasanna

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