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Cows can now text their farmers. What are they saying?

In this past Friday’s podCALS episode, CALS reporter Sevie Kenyon interviewed Biological Systems Engineering professor Doug Reinemann about a technology showing up on more and more dairy farms: texting.

Sensors on cows are able to text all kinds of useful information to herd managers, from how many steps a cow has taken; to her location in the barn; to her rumination activity. This data can tell farmers a lot about a cow’s health and productivity.

“This kind of information allows a dairy manager to get back to more individual cow managements, as opposed to the general trend in the industry toward group management,” explains Reinemann.

Listen to the full podCALS episode—or read the transcript—to learn more.

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