Dairy Farmers Using AR to Know When the Cows Come Home

Dairy Farmers Using AR to Know When the Cows Come Home

Traditionally, finding the animal you are searching for in a herd of dairy cows of the same breed has involved reading ear tags, looking at the number attached to a chain around the neck, or perhaps looking for a brand or specific set of colored spots.

With the increasing need for collecting data on the farm, augmented reality is becoming an option for dairy farmers. AR technology, developed by Nedap Livestock Management, now allows farmers to easily and seamlessly collect and record herd data by moving their head, touching a button, and even swiping a hand.

“We are developing this technology because we see the potential it offers dairy farmers,” says Roxie Muller, Innovation Manager for Nedap.

Nedap’s technology uses a set of AR goggles, like those used in video gaming and simulation, to display data triggered by individual cows wearing “cow beacons” on the field of vision when the goggles are worn. This wearable technology eliminates the need for farmers to carry computers or tablets through barns or fields, and also allows for quicker input of data.

The goggles worn by farmers while with their herds can be used along with existing 24/7 automated animal monitoring systems to provide real-time, detailed updates on herd health, gestation, location and other important metrics transmitted over WiFi to any mobile device.

“AR is a hands-free, personal assistant that helps you manage your herd better by bringing data to life,” said Muller.

Read the full article from Hoard’s Dairyman online.

(Image Credit: JACLOU-DL on Pixabay)

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