IoT in Agriculture – Livestock

We all are aware of the challenges faced in agriculture and how use of IoT in agriculture will help resolving them. The advantages added by IoT to the field of agriculture are inestimable.

We can’t neglect the fact that livestock is also one of the important constraint when it comes to agriculture. Internet of things help in managing these livestock, supporting livestock health fortified with monitoring tools like as ear tags for cattle, capable of detecting respiratory diseases. If a disease is detected, it sends an alert so that the animal can be separated from the herd, preventing the disease from spreading.

Livestock monitoring is all about animal husbandry and cost savings. Ranchers are able to use wireless IoT applications to gather data regarding the health, well-being, and location of their cattle. This data helps identify sick animals so they can be pulled from the herd, thus preventing a larger number of sick cattle. Ranchers who know where their cattle are located can lower labour costs. The farmers can track animals’ movement to establish grazing patterns and hence help increase yield.

IoT devices are also useful to dairy farmers who have cows that need to be milked several times a day. Robots can increase a dairy operation’s milk production by allowing cows to choose when they would like to be milked, which can result in increased milking sessions. A sensor around a cow’s neck alerts the manager about the cow to be milked. It can also track each animal’s milking speed, the amount and quality of milk produced, how much the cow has eaten and the number of steps each cow has taken per day. From that data, the farmer can determine which cows are able to produce more milk and improve their diets to increase lactation.

Moocall has brought to market an IoT solution that helps ranchers monitor pregnant cows that are preparing to give birth. A battery-powered sensor detects motion associated with oncoming labor, and then sends a notification alerting a herd manager to coming birth. This means farmers can be more focused in the time spent with pregnant heifers, and reduce costly livestock losses that hurt the bottom line. IoT technology plans to expand its offerings to provide a similar service to horses, as well as new devices geared toward flock protection.

Internet of things has helped a lot in managing the livestock. There are many such IoT projects coming up and being implemented.

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