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Artificial intelligence comes to cattle on an Alberta farm

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec27,2023

Artificial intelligence s&rsquo ;invites to the cattle on an Alberta farm

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Breeder Ashley Perepelkin and her cow Fiddy , on a livestock farm near Leslieville, Alberta.


In Alberta, a breeder uses artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor her cows, a task she says is normally very demanding, especially as the calving period approaches when the cows give birth. p>

Ashley Perepelkin explains that when she first got into the world of breeding, she saw the many challenges that profession represents. We learned many things through trial and error, she says.

Hiring people is expensive, especially when you don't really know what you're looking for at the start, says the breeder. It's very difficult to train someone.

However, during his ongoing training, a video presentation on The use of AI in agriculture and breeding sparked the interest of Ashley Perepelkin.

She then discovered BETSY (Bovine Expert Tracking and Surveillance), a bovine facial recognition program developed by the company OneCup AI.

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The program allows farmers to monitor the health and activity of their cows through a series of cameras. If a cow is about to give birth or shows signs of distress, Ashley Perepelkin receives a message on her cell phone.

L' The breeder explains that this saves her from having to go see her cows every three or four hours in the evening and at night during the calving period.

Everyone knows, time is money, right?

OneCup AI CEO Mokah Shmigelsky says the technology her company developed has been on the market since 2022 and is now installed in 140 different locations across the country. Canada.

The producers are very satisfied with our system and offer us feedback so that we can improve our product, she says.

The entrepreneur says the idea for BETSY was born around a campfire at a family reunion, while she and her husband, who developed the program, were discussing the difficult sides of cattle breeding.

Mokah Shmigelsky adds that in addition to calving alerts, breeders would also like to receive alerts when their cows are ready to breed.

He its animals must reproduce at a very specific time, essentially.

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The BETSY program allows breeders to monitor the health and activity of their cows using a series of cameras.

For her part, Ashley Perepelkin explains that the cows in her herd of 100 animals should enter their calving period in January or February. p>

She says she has been selling meat from farm to plate for about five years. This model is much better than going through grocery stores, she says.

With this success, the breeder is considering possibly x27;open a store on his property.

With information from The Canadian Press

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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