Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the agriculture industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising Livestock Monitoring Startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Livestock Monitoring Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 110 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Anitrack – Cattle Monitoring
Cattle provide humans with valuable resources like dairy, beef, and grazers for agriculture. Growing concerns regarding the treatment and maintenance of cattle are being answered by many startups. Smart tracking and health monitoring solutions have ensured that the animals are given individual attention right from their birth, creating high-quality end products. Ghanaian startup Anitrack develops smart collars for cattle to monitor their health and activity. Notifications are sent to the farmers immediately upon detection of anything unusual. They also link cattle farmers with the necessary animal services. These services have an amplified impact in Africa, where cattle stealing and cattle deaths due to disease are common.
Ewetrack – Sheep Monitoring
Sheep herds face many issues today with regards to their health, movement, and safety. Sheep can occasionally get lost, bitten by dogs or other predators, and even get stolen. Farmers are understanding the importance of keeping the herds happy as a disturbed sheep may not breed properly and this may even lead to deaths. British startup Ewetrack is set to launch a series of smart Internet of Things (IoT) devices for tracking and monitoring sheep. They offer comprehensive solutions for the sheep farmer. Their devices, which are geo-fenced, will alert the farmer when sheep get out of a virtually fenced zone. They reduce sheep worrying and lameness by analyzing simple movement and location data. They also alert the farmers about any lambing activity, especially when birthing outdoors, so that they can ensure the survival of lambs after birth.
Faromatics – Poultry Monitoring
If tracking large animals is a tough task, tracking smaller animals like chicken or flock can be even more trying. Chicken farms, or broiler farms, usually have to employ more labor than in other livestock farms. It is a tough task to manually tag, let alone monitor, all the chicken in the pen. Moreover, collecting accurate data from the chicken farm can be impossible to do manually. Video, image, and sensor technologies have allowed for great improvements in tracking and monitoring chicken. Spanish startup Faromatics develops ChickenBoy, an air-suspended robot to observe chicken, litter, and equipment 24×7. The robot monitors air quality, health, and welfare using a multitude of sensors and cameras to inspect equipment operations and informs farmers, stock persons or vets via mobile alarms. Their solution saves valuable resources that may have to be spent on treatment or disposal of chicken.
Serket – Pig Monitoring
As for pig farming, smart farming applications range from acoustic sensors that signal higher frequencies in the coughing of pigs – a sign of respiratory infection – to more sophisticated forms of information on birthing and fertility, while feed probes enable farmers to optimize rations. Such technology allows farmers to spend less on medicines as well. Dutch startup Serket uses readily available technology to help pig farms become more cost-efficient. They provide a 24×7 live feed of the livestock that can be viewed from anywhere. They help farmers track even the smallest changes to behavior patterns in pigs, at an individual level. Any abnormalities in animal health are notified immediately to the farmer, saving time in delivering aid. In addition, they allow farmers to keep a record of historical data in digital formats.
Eruvaka Technologies – Fish Monitoring
Fish and other aquaculture produce like shrimps and prawns are heavily dependant on their environment or ecosystem for survival. Smart solutions in fish technology have paved the way for enhancing fish health, safety, and movements. Aquaculture farm monitoring not only involves tracking fish but also in maintaining water quality. Such systems enable farmers to automate certain tasks that previously involved high labor requirements. Indian company Eruvaka Technologies develops cloud-based aquaculture and pond management solutions. They offer three main products: the PondGuard, for real-time monitoring of ponds with intelligent control of aerators, the PondMother, automated and intelligent feeder systems, and PondLogs, a platform to integrate and analyze the data collected. They aim to reduce production costs and increase yields by making fish farming more sustainable.
What About The Other 105 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 110 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.