How CattleEye Values SustainabilitySpeaking
Posted: January 26, 2023
Reducing Carbon Footprint
CattleEye is an artificial intelligence system that takes footage from low cost security cameras of cows exiting a milking parlour and applies advanced Neural Networks to the videos to generate welfare insights. We supply each farmer with an app which shows those insights on an easy to digest dashboard so that they can take action and improve the animal’s welfare and therefore productivity.
Following academic research produced from UK dairy farming data It has been shown that by increasing productivity a cow’s Carbon Footprint per Kg of milk can be reduced by up to 33%. In addition if dairy producers can avoid culling cows early due to the lameness problems that use of CattleEye can prevent then that particular cow’s Carbon Footprint per Kg of milk drops by 40% once she reaches her 4th lactation. There are around 400 million dairy cows throughout the world, so our current objectives are to focus on them first, to then extending beyond dairy into beef.
Our goal is by the next 10 years to have 1 billion cows under our camera right across the global livestock industry which is responsible for we think around 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, we are confident we can reduce that figure by 3-4%. Like all industries we in the livestock industry must play our part, which we can do quite easily just by making the cows more efficient and helping them live long with A.I. tools like CattleEye to make that happen.
Currently CattleEye is monitoring almost 100K cows in UK, USA and the GCC, we are rapidly expanding that customer based with our US partners Specialty Sales and our worldwide partners GEA farm technologies.In February 2022, BBC News featured CattleEye in an article by reporter Chris Baraniuk on how AI is being used in the dairy industry to improve animal welfare and detect early signs of lameness. The article explains how the CattleEye system works, and the positive impact it’s introduction has had at Erw Fawr farm in Wales, bringing down lameness from 25.4% to 13.5% over 6 months.”Really, we want to completely replace any manual watching of animals when the cow sleeps, or she eats,” says Terry Canning, co-founder and chief executive of CattleEye.