Game console technology used in new cattle breeding product

A Scottish technology company has created a new product to aid cattle breeding using the same technology found in popular games consoles

18th July 2011

A Scottish technology company has created a new product to aid cattle breeding using the same technology found in popular games consoles

The product, named the ‘Silent Herdsman’, is a collar that works by monitoring the animals’ movement. Farmers are then alerted when a change in movement patterns is detected, as increased movement indicates that the cows are in heat and ready for breeding.

The ‘Silent Herdsman’ uses a three-axis accelerometer, the movement-detection hardware found in games consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, and removes the need for farmers to rely on traditional fertility detection methods.

Professor Ivan Andonovic, co-founder of the company, Embedded Technology Solutions, said: “We’ve installed 70 of these already on farms around the UK and we’ve received feedback from farmers telling us it’s freeing up their time to complete other tasks on the farm and making it a much easier job to breed cattle.”

The product can also alert farmers to animals that are unwell by monitoring a cow’s head position and determining if there are any unusual eating patterns.
 

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