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IceRobotics and Dairy Crest announce new collaborative research project on dairy cow health and welfare

DASIE project will focus on sensor technology and data and farm system integration

IceRobotics today announced it is part of an exciting new collaboration that has been established to drive the innovative application of sensors to improve dairy cow health and welfare. The collaborative project termed DASIE, “Dairy Animal Sensor Integrated Engineering”, has been co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. The project is being led by IceRobotics, in association with Dairy Crest, Harper Adams University and dairy farm consultancy Kingshay.

The project will focus on data and farm system integration as well as the development of dedicated sensor technology. The integrated system engineering will enable dairy farmers to improve cattle health and welfare, through the timely and reliable management of health issues concerning individual cows, based on continuous monitoring of specific animal behaviour. This will allow the farmers to take swift action to address health problems before they become more serious and more costly.

The types of conditions that will be addressed include fertility problems, lameness and mastitis. The new system will be designed around integration with existing farm systems and equipment, such as milk meters and feed dispensers.

As well as systems integration, the project will involve field testing on research farms, economic validation on commercial herds and communication activity for the dairy farming community. This will be vital for farmers to calculate the business impact on their dairy herds – thus helping the dairy industry as a whole to become more competitive in the national and international market.

Commenting on the pioneering project, Robert Boyce, of lead partner IceRobotics, said: “This is a ground-breaking collaboration which brings together industry-leading dairy players to help farmers use technology to manage their businesses more efficiently whilst also improving animal welfare.   All the partners are committed to ensuring that the solutions developed are accessible and affordable to a wide range of farmers and herd sizes – delivering visible and quantifiable results. We’re looking at how providing reliable and robust technology that integrates with a farm’s existing systems and practices, can lead to valuable management information. This can drive timely action by farm staff, thereby dramatically improving farm profitability and animal welfare.”

Lyndsay Chapman, Director of Agriculture and Communications at Dairy Crest, added: “It’s great to be part of this cross sector collaboration, with the partners each bringing different skills. We’re committed to developing user-friendly systems for farmers, with technology that is reliable, accurate and accessible on farm – with the aim to further improve cattle health and welfare.”

Find out more about DASIE: //www.icerobotics.com/research/dasie/

About IceRobotics
IceRobotics is the world’s leading developer and provider of data collection and analysis products for monitoring dairy cow behaviour. Founded in 2002, the company developed the world’s first commercial wireless sensor, cloud-based behaviour monitoring system for dairy cattle. Since then, the company has generated global acclaim amongst the academic community as the leading provider of sensor technologies for cow behaviour monitoring with its IceTag and IceQube products. IceRobotics has commercialised the technology to support insight-based decision making in the dairy farming community through the CowAlert brand. Today, the company remains the leader in cow behaviour research and is a growing force in dairy farming intelligence. For more information, visit www.icerobotics.com