Memory FAQs
 
Home
News
Products
Shop
Memory
Corporate
Contact
 

News
Industry News
Publications
CST News
Help/Support
Member Area
Tester Brochure
Demo Library
Software
Tester FAQs

biology medicine news product technology definition

Friday, October 31, 2014
Memory Industry News
Email ArticlePrinter Format PreviousNext

MEM sensor to track farm animals


Friday, February 01, 2013

Farm animals may be the next big thing for MEMS sensors, now that international bovine-gear maker Dairymaster is hawking a stylish micro-electro-mechanical system collar for cows called the MooMonitor.

The stakes are huge, since there are over 250 million dairy cows worldwide, according to the UK's Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, and over 1 billion each of sheep and pigs, according to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization. Dairymaster (Kerry, Ireland) is pioneering the use of MEMS sensors with cows while startups such as Anemon (Saint-Imier, Switzerland) are expanding from bovine into other livestock breeds.

"The MEMS industry should be taking a much closer look at agriculture and its related industries," said Alissa Fitzgerald, founder of the MEMS product development company A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates LLC (Burlingame, Calif.) "Agriculture could potentially be the next big market opportunity for MEMS sensors."

Dairymaster's MooMonitor tracks a herd, monitors each cows activity, letting them in and out of automatic doors and detects when they are ovulating.

MooMonitors contain a MEMS accelerometer to monitor activity as well as RFID tags that not only track a cow's whereabouts, but lets them in-and-out to pasture and milking facilities through automatic doors keyed to their collars. However, the big money saver, according to Dairymaster, is the MooMonitor's ability to interface with a smartphone app that notifies farmers when a cow is ovulating.

According to Dairymaster, ovulation happens at night the majority of the time, often not giving farmers enough time to get a bull to the scene for calf making. By monitoring the restlessness and temperature of cows at night, the app can notify farmers 24/7 as to which cow needs a bull tonight, potentially saving the U.S. dairy industry alone more than $300 million a year.

By: DcoMamory
Copyright 2013 CST, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Email ArticlePrinter Format PreviousNext
Latest Industry News
Motorola Mobility is now own by China company10/31/2014
Has Microsoft finish layoff yet ?10/31/2014
PC rebounce forecasted10/31/2014
Microchip Technology missed target10/31/2014
Legacy memories are in good business10/30/2014
Minium wages taken to Election Day10/30/2014
American Certified promotes "Buy American"10/30/2014
Synosys provides USB 3.1 IP solution10/30/2014
AMD new CEO to visit customer/supplier in China10/29/2014
Lowe's to deploy robot for customer service10/29/2014

CST Inc. Memory Tester DDR Tester
Copyright © 1994 - 2014 CST, Inc. All Rights Reserved