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Digitized dairy: Ag tech sparks
changes for feed's future
Smart collars and ear tags, facial recognition, virtual fencing
and robotic milking are just a handful of reasons dairy
is ahead of the game in ag tech.
KACEY CULLINEY

T

ech startups are empowering dairy farmers to
run their businesses more efficiently and raise
healthier, happier cows. And as more hardware,
software and data platforms trickle onto the market, there
are some clear and significant gains to be made in feed.

Reshaping feed formulations
Technology developments will increasingly deliver
productivity and efficiency benefits of precision nutrition to dairy feed formulation and production.
"We know the farm is starting to feed back precise
pieces of information about dairy cows, but there isn't
a feed mill in the world that can, today, adapt that
information in real time," says Aidan Connolly, CEO
at Irish startup Cainthus, a tech firm with a computer
vision and predictive imaging system for dairy farms.
On-farm CCTV, artificial intelligence and custom algorithms enable Cainthus to track individual cow behavior
and the current "razor focus" is on monitoring feed and
drinking patterns, Connolly says. Eventually, the company
wants to develop enhanced vision systems to detect traits
and trends missed by the naked eye, taking dairy into the
augmented intelligence realm - far from where it is now.

Potential for big changes
"We don't know how much animals eat on an individual basis or in real time; we don't have any idea
what's being consumed minute by minute or hour
by hour and there's not much precision information
on respective nutrients," he says. "A lot is based on

crude analysis, lab analysis and, frankly, I believe we
have the ability to engage in the farm more precision
nutrition."
This opens the door to many new possibilities.
"If you actually could make a feed that produces
meat, milk or eggs precisely and accurately, you might
choose to make a totally different type of feed or
process it differently. Everything about how the feed
is made could change," Connolly adds, noting that he
believes the dairy industry will be formulating feeds
differently within five years.
Yasir Khokhar, CEO at Connecterra, a Dutch
artificial intelligence (AI) startup, agrees: "The early
adopters in the feed industry are certainly moving -
they see the benefit."
Connecterra's AI system Ida tracks a range of dairy
cow behaviors, including eating, ruminating, walking
and chew count, through sensors attached to collars.
This can then be combined with other farm insights -
feed type and feed strategy, for example - to produce
predictive models that help improve on-farm efficiency.
"Feed products are highly commoditized and feed
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Feed Strategy - June 2019

Feed Strategy - June 2019
Contents
In the Mix
Industry Happenings
2019 world feed production trends: growth continues worldwide
What the US poultry industry needs to know about ASF
Blockchain technology has big potential beyond transparency
Digitized dairy: Ag tech sparks changes for feed’s future
Marketing nutrition through local distributors
How to adjust sow feeds for summer heat stress
VIV Turkey to highlight poultry meat, egg safety
Simple concepts at the basis of pig feed formulation
New technology uses data for greater energy efficiency, feed quality
Advertisers’ Index
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Cover2
Feed Strategy - June 2019 - CT3
Feed Strategy - June 2019 - CT4
Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Contents
Feed Strategy - June 2019 - In the Mix
Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Industry Happenings
Feed Strategy - June 2019 - 2019 world feed production trends: growth continues worldwide
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - What the US poultry industry needs to know about ASF
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Blockchain technology has big potential beyond transparency
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Digitized dairy: Ag tech sparks changes for feed’s future
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Marketing nutrition through local distributors
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - How to adjust sow feeds for summer heat stress
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - VIV Turkey to highlight poultry meat, egg safety
Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Simple concepts at the basis of pig feed formulation
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - New technology uses data for greater energy efficiency, feed quality
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Feed Strategy - June 2019 - Advertisers’ Index
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