HerdEye - a West of Ireland ag-tech start-up - has developed an automated vision system to predict when cows are about to calve.
Using their camera system, cow monitoring is automated with alerts delivered directly to the farmer’s smartphone.
Ciaran Feeney, one of HerdEye’s founders, explained that the technology was created out of frustration, watching cows for hours on end waiting for something to happen.
“I’ve spent too many nights checking my phone at 3 and 4 o’clock in the morning only to find there are no signs of activity at all.”
HerdEye has spent the last number of years developing and testing their system on farms around County Roscommon.
Its vision system identifies each unique cow and monitors them for signs of calving behaviour using artificial intelligence.
By monitoring some tell-tale signs of calving, their system can predict when a cow is going to calve while also alerting the farmer if the cow is in difficulty.
Feeney says the real benefit of the system is the ability to monitor multiple animals simultaneously while tracking calving progress in real-time; something that will be a big help to farmers operating a compact calving system.
HerdEye is launching an early adapter programme in Enterprise Ireland’s innovation arena at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Fenagh, Co. Carlow between the September 17th and 19.
More information about this and future developments can be found here.