The Board of Directors of VikingGenetics has decided to increase investment in the Cattle Feed Intake System (CFIT) where the feed intake of individual cows can be monitored by 3D cameras in commercial farms.
“The Nordic farmers will benefit from the CFIT 3D camera system by requiring less feed to produce the same amount of milk. We will see further genetic progress for feed efficiency that contributes to more climate-friendly cows,” says Lars Inge Gunnarsson, Chairman of the Board at VikingGenetics.
The CFIT technology uses deep learning and the world’s most cutting-edge 3D cameras to measure dairy cow feed intakes on a larger scale than ever before. The information is being collected to complement the Saved Feed Index, which was launched last year.
The amount of data collected for the trial that began in 2015 will increase to involve 7,000 cows and more than 20 commercial farms during 2021. The trials include information from commercial milking herds using genetics from VikingHolstein, VikingJersey and VikingRed breeding programs.