The practice of drinking cows’ milk has been present in Central Europe for more than 7,500 years. Over many generations of farmers, the process has been refined again and again with advances in recent years driving forward efficiencies as never before in order to meet a demand for milk that continues to rise as the global population increases exponentially.

Automation is far from a new entrant to the dairy farming sector: indeed, farmers have been using automated feed systems, yield trackers and robotic parlours, amongst other tech, for many years now. Farmers now have the opportunity, for example , to use trackers or smart collars – essentially bovine Fitbits – to collate data about each member of the herd’s health and habits.

The introduction of innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technology to this sector presents huge opportunities both in terms of efficiency and energy savings and for the health and welfare of the dairy herd.

Smart dairy farming practices are emerging at pace based upon harnessing data insights to deliver higher levels of quality, production, and environmental protection, not to mention higher welfare for each animal.

The prospects for IoT-enabled technology are almost endless in this area. For example, could tracking drones be used to provide real-time footage of herds grazing more remote areas? Could an IoT-enabled milking parlour deliver predictive maintenance to eliminate costly and potentially time-critical failures during milking times? Are there opportunities to implement more widespread use of UV-C light for sterilising more than process equipment through the use of intelligent sensors?

There are already so many serious and highly technological uses of enablement IoT across the agriculture and farming sector and many more that can come about from the collaboration of experienced farmers and technical innovators such as IGS.

Our energy saving power and enablement platform, Intelligent Grid, is designed to begin to provide long-term sustainable solutions that both drive efficiencies and create ideal conditions for life.

Get in touch now to discuss capabilities and to see how we could support your business to take a step towards a more sustainable and efficient future.

About the author

James Means

I am a cyclist and enjoy taking my mountain bike out along the many tow paths of the Basingstoke or Kennet and Avon Canal. I play tennis at my local club and am full of endeavour and enthusiasm to make up for the lack of talent, usually washed down with a few beers to undo the good work. I absolutely love cars but in a clear rush of blood have just purchased a rather dull electric car. Currently growing chilli’s to go in the spicy curries I love making. I try to feed my spiritual side with a bit of meditation or mindfulness when possible.