Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

NZ farmers using artificial intelligence to manage animals

New Zealand farmers using artificial intelligence to manage their animals.

Auckland, New Zealand. 15th June 2017.

A New Zealand made mobile app is being used by local dairy farmers to replace veterinarians. Available on the App Store, the Betty app uses machine learning algorithms to help dairy farmers diagnose sick cows in their herd.

Farmers using the app are presented with series of questions, with the response combined with regional farm and weather data to produce a list of the most likely causes of disease in their animals.

Betty’s creator, Dr. Jonathan Wong, said the idea was born out of frustration, while he was working as a dairy veterinarian. “There are a lot of farmers out there who are reluctant to call a vet early, especially if a problem is perceived to be minor.”

“With Betty we can help farmers decide whether or not their sick cow is an emergency and to take immediate action, or connect them with a local vet if need be.”

The app has been on trial with a core group of 31 farmers, who are providing on-farm feedback to improve the app’s artificial intelligence engine. “It’s all about experience,” Wong explains. “While a typical dairy vet sees up to ten cases a day, the Betty AI engine has the ability to assess hundreds of sick cows every hour- and is continuously refining her algorithm with each one.”

One dairy farmer trialling the app is Samuel Woods, who runs a 600-cow herd in Canterbury. He says, “The reality is there are many inexperienced workers entering the dairy industry. With millions of dollars worth of livestock to manage, you need to give them all the tools to find sick cows early.”

The Betty app is currently available on the New Zealand Apple App Store. The long term plan, according to Wong, is to improve the Betty AI engine before releasing it overseas. “And then, maybe, we’ll release an app for cat owners too!”

The Betty app can be found on the Apple App Store at:

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/betty-the-artificial-intelligence-cow-app/id1166072057?mt=8

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Crown Accounts: Slightly Softer Growth Expected In PREFU

A slightly softer growth forecast is the main feature of largely unchanged Pre-election Fiscal Update compared to the Budget forecasts three months ago, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

ALSO:

Water: Farming Leaders Pledge To Help Make Rivers Swimmable

In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealand’s rivers swimmable for future generations. More>>

ALSO:

Unintended Consequences: Liquor Change For Grocery Stores On Tobacco Tax

Changes in the law made to enable grocery stores to continue holding liquor licences to sell alcohol despite increases in tobacco taxes will take effect on 15 September 2017. More>>

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

ALSO: