200,000 cows in India fitted with sensors for real-time data

Signal of change / 200,000 cows in India fitted with sensors for real-time data

By Anna Simpson / 25 Jan 2018

At Chitale Dairy in Bhilawadi, Maharashtra, hundreds of thousands of cows relay information to dairy officials relating to their health, diet and fertility, via RFID (radio frequency identity device) sensors.

The data is used to recommend dietary changes, and as a reminder for vaccinations or to prompt a medical response.

So what?

This signal shows the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) to drive efficiency and improvements in agriculture - with potential benefits for both animal health and yield.

Chitale has seen a rise in milk productivity from 350,000 litres a day three years ago to over 750,000 litres daily today, despite the same number of cows, according to FactorDaily.

India’s largest dairy operation, Chennai’s Hatsun, which has 220,000 cows, is also adopting the technology.



What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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