VikingGenetics has been commended in the prestigious Cream Award for Innovation for its ground-breaking feed efficiency technology.
The Cattle Feed Intake Technology (CFIT) uses deep learning and the world’s most cutting-edge 3D cameras to measure dairy cow feed intakes on a large scale, so identifying those animals which most efficiently turn feed into milk.
The difference between the most and least efficient animals has been shown to be a substantial one tonne of dry matter intake per 305-day lactation for animals giving the same amount of milk. This offers enormous scope for saving feed and cutting greenhouse gas emissions – which broadly increase in line with feed consumed – if rolled out on a global basis.
Concrete benefits for the farmers
For farmers it offers the opportunity for substantial financial savings as feed represents 70% of variable costs.
These savings will not just come from the cows themselves but through the bulls to which the cows are related. The breeding potential of these bulls is now being identified through a ‘Saved Feed Index’, in the VikingGenetics countries.
An accurate Saved feed index has the potential not only to reduce farmers’ costs considerably, but to minimize environmental impacts and improve feed systems.
“Artificial intelligence makes cows more feed efficient and climate friendly, I definitely applaud this.” John Torrance, R Torrance & Son, who has won different awards in the industry and was part of the panel.