SMARTFEED - Smart measurements in cattle feeding and health
Älykkäät mittaukset karjan ruokinnassa ja terveydessä (ÄLYREHU) EIP-kehittämishanke
Project: SMARTFEED - Smart measurements in cattle feeding and health [ÄLYREHU] EIP-AGRI Operational Group
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 30.11.2020
Funding: Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland 2014–2020, operational groups of European innovation partnership (EIP) in agriculture. Project budget is 319 818 €, of which European program funding covers 42 %.
Objectives: Project aims to develop methods, tools and analytics for monitoring cattle silage quality and energy and protein nutrition balance of dairy cows on-site at farms. The developed measurement solutions will include data transfer and storage in a central database to facilitate efficient utilization of measurement results. The ultimate aim is to decrease feeding costs, improve productivity and cattle health, and make farmers’ daily work less time-consuming.
Actions: Project will
a) test a handheld device for monitoring nutritional value of growing grass and to support determination of optimal harvesting time for fodder;
b) develop a tool for easy silage sample collection;
c) develop a quick on-farm method to facilitate regular monitoring of dry matter content in silage to secure correct mixing ratio with bought-in feed;
d) develop biosensors for analysis of nutritional markers in milk to enable monitoring of nutritional balance of individual cows and their response on feeding;
e) develop data transfer of measurement results to a central database
Project Coordinator: University of Oulu, Unit of Measurement Technology
Partners: ProAgria Kainuu Rural Advisory Services (beneficiary), MTech Digital Solutions Ltd, Semes Ltd, eight pilot farms and a local veterinarian
Research Group: Unit of Measurement Technology
Contact person: Project researcher Tuija Kallio, +358 50 346 8908, email@example.com