Essex farm hopes to detect early signs of lameness

The Cow Tracking Project connects cows to the internet to track herd health

An Essex farm has connected its cows to the internet, in order to detect when any of the animals show signs of ill health.

Named ‘The Cow Tracking Project’, the farm uses data collected from the cows, including radio positioning and sleeping patterns, to predict when a cow is beginning to show signs of lameness or infection.

The daily updates hope to save both money and time.

“Every case [of cow infection] we get costs us £300,” said farmer John Torrance.

“Every case you reduce, potentially you’re reducing your costs.”

The BBC, who reported the project, also said that the technology was being considered by the manufacturers for use in the healthcare sector, to monitor and care for elderly people.

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