Dairy farmers are in urgent need of a cost-effective network with massive connectivity, wide coverage, low power consumption, and stable performance to enable modern cow oestrus detection.
This is according to China Telecom and Huawei. These two technology companies therefore launched the “Connected Cow, Cash Cow’ project to improve dairy farms in China.
China’s dairy farming industry is marked by 2 characteristics:
As physiological cycles vary for individual cows, successful breeding and maximum profitability requires that dairy farms can identify the oestrus period correctly. To improve the efficiency of large-scale farming, dairy farms are applying tech like smart cow collars to monitor vital signs in real time and to optimise oestrus detection and overall breeding results. China Telecom and Huawei also stepped into this and developed smart wearable collars that are used to monitor the temperature and pulse of cows. Monitoring information is sent to the cloud through NB-IoT (narrowband Internet of Things) base stations. Users can easily access this information, which is viewable online via PCs and mobile phones.
As a representative of next-generation technologies, NB-IoT serves as an important foundation for smart cow breeding. NB-IoT offers real-time cow information such as activity, temperature, and pulse. This crucial information can then be used to conduct a thorough big data analysis to determine cow oestrus. Increases in milk yield, reduced labour and medicine treatment costs, and increases in the revenue of dairy farms are the most exciting benefits of this technology. This technology has also received close attention from dairy product enterprises and animal breeding initiatives.
The solution from China Telecom and Huawei features the following advantages:
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According to Huawei, the current business model helps reduce the initial investment pressure for dairy farm owners, deepens the cooperation between the industry and the operator, and effectively improves economic return, while promoting information-based, smart development of animal husbandry. In the future, the data of the cloud-based monitoring system used in the Connected Cow solution will provide related industries with important support, for example, source-tracing of milk quality. Data monetisation will drive future decisions for operators to transform their business models and develop more innovative services.