SHEPTON MALLET, England (AP) – On the dairy farm of the future, the cows are going wireless.
The bovine residents of a British agricultural technology research center are helping to test next-generation mobile technology aimed at helping make dairy farming more efficient.
The herd’s 180 cows are fitted with wireless monitoring collars that work like fitness trackers, recording their movements and eating habits, and sending data to the cloud using fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile network signals.
From there, an algorithm analyzes the information, notifying farmers and veterinarians through a smartphone app if there are any fluctuations that could indicate an illness or other health condition that needs more attention.
The goal is to boost productivity and save manpower by allowing farmers to keep an eye on their herds remotely.