Using IoT to Separate from the Herd: Smart Monitoring of Livestock

Amid an agricultural labor shortage and tight operation margins, farmers discover IoT sensors that efficiently monitor and track livestock location and other activities. To do this, connected sensors gather, export, and display data to an intelligent animal management platform via edge connection. Here’s how HerdDogg, using a Bluetooth® livestock monitoring system, rounds the data up.

Smart farming technology has been cropping up for several years. From “connected cows” that monitor livestock health, to sensors that track their movement and location, agriculturalists are looking to emerging IoT technology to intelligently simplify mundane tasks and cut costs.

Data from the US Department of Agriculture suggests that workforce numbers have dropped steadily since the 1950s. By the 1990s those numbers dropped 74 percent. Adding to that, farmer income and labor wages, productivity, and output prices have been on the rise, making it vital for farmers to manage labor, tasks, and related costs effectively.

While other livestock monitoring companies use RFID tags connected to the edge for moving livestock identification and monitoring data, HerdDogg claims it has a better way—through Bluetooth connections. The company’s IoT connected solution includes their DoggTags and DoggBone Bluetooth®-to-cellular reader products that transmit and read data at more than 100 yards (10x the range of RFID tags) with up to 5 years of battery. When DoggTags are attached to the ears of livestock, the on-board sensors inform farmers of potential animal illness or other health events in real time.

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