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Developing and testing sensors and technology to
improve animal welfare
CowLabTM
For animal
welfare
A lot of research and great innovations and
implementations has been made to improve
animal welfare and...
Quantify, quantify, quantify…
• As a trend people are quantifying themselves to make
right choices and to have a positive ...
Sensor tehnology creates a
possibility for early detection of
developing illness or abnormal
behaviour which saves from a ...
But…
Why a cow would be
interesting?
Why cow?
Why lab?
Why CowLab?
And what is CowLab?
CowLabTM
• The unique research environment that utilizes
• latest technology in milk production
• A place to develop diagn...
• CowLabTM provides a solution for
comprehensive testing of new ideas
and innovations in dairy cattle.
• For example, anim...
Biohacking cows
• Combination of technologies inside the
experimental farm and the CowLabTM
cloud service form together a ...
Reliable, easy, cost-efficient
• All the measurements can be done fast, automatically, cost
efficiently and without distur...
Latest technology in use
• Wireless rumination, activity, heat monitoring and
portable progesterone tester
• Extensive mea...
Research barn, fact sheet
• Space for 120 dairy cows, loose housing system
• Milking parlor for 2 × 8 cows, herring bone
•...
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  1. 1. Developing and testing sensors and technology to improve animal welfare CowLabTM
  2. 2. For animal welfare A lot of research and great innovations and implementations has been made to improve animal welfare and productivity. But there is still a lot to do. 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 2
  3. 3. Quantify, quantify, quantify… • As a trend people are quantifying themselves to make right choices and to have a positive effect to their health • Technology ment for humans can also be used to increase animal welfare and productivity 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 3
  4. 4. Sensor tehnology creates a possibility for early detection of developing illness or abnormal behaviour which saves from a lot of trouble and money.
  5. 5. But… Why a cow would be interesting? Why cow? Why lab? Why CowLab? And what is CowLab?
  6. 6. CowLabTM • The unique research environment that utilizes • latest technology in milk production • A place to develop diagnostics and IT applications for livestock production by collecting and mining data on behavior, health, physiology and production
  7. 7. • CowLabTM provides a solution for comprehensive testing of new ideas and innovations in dairy cattle. • For example, animal activity, rumination, movements and location in the barn, resting and standing times, heat, feeding behavior and milking parameters can be measured and monitored with validated equipment. CowLabTM – Your innovation can be measured 6/19/2014 7© MTT Agrifood Research Finland
  8. 8. Biohacking cows • Combination of technologies inside the experimental farm and the CowLabTM cloud service form together a powerful tool like no other • CowLabTM is a place to biohack cows and develop products, devices or applications to monitor changes in behavior, health, and productivity 6/19/2014 8© MTT Agrifood Research Finland
  9. 9. Reliable, easy, cost-efficient • All the measurements can be done fast, automatically, cost efficiently and without disturbing the animals. • Automation also provides the possibility to measure more than one feature simultaneously and therefore can provide a comprehensive set of data. • Data is recorded and transferred to a cloud service where it can be easily accessed. This data can be mined to bring new insight or perspective to things that you thought were unnecessary. 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 9
  10. 10. Latest technology in use • Wireless rumination, activity, heat monitoring and portable progesterone tester • Extensive measurements of individual cows parameters • Location, feeding, activity, health parameters, production • Barn environment monitoring • Temperature, moisture, lighting, gases • Large databanks for data mining 6/19/2014 10© MTT Agrifood Research Finland
  11. 11. Research barn, fact sheet • Space for 120 dairy cows, loose housing system • Milking parlor for 2 × 8 cows, herring bone • Additional equipment for research purposes: • Individual feed intake can be measured at the feeding stations as well as through forage/TMR weighing troughs • Possibility to feed different forages and concentrates as well combination of those at the same time • 12 tied-up housing places for more individual studies • The cows have access to pasture via an electronic gate 11© MTT Agrifood Research Finland

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