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 Smart Dairy Startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Smart Dairy 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 169 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
ZELP – Reducing Methane Emissions
There are many things that the dairy industry needs to get right in the future. Demand for dairy products is expected to keep growing as humans from all parts of the world get access to affordable and good quality products. More than a billion burping cows contribute to the highest share of methane emissions in the world, on par with all forms of transportation. This has made technology companies fix their gaze on these cattle. Innovations like methane-scrubbers and dairy-efficiency solutions look to keep this industry sustainable for the future. British startup ZELP, or the Zero Emissions Livestock Project, develops wearable devices that oxidize methane emissions in real-time. These devices are placed around the front part of the nose of the animals, detecting and capturing as much methane emissions from their mouths as possible. In addition, tracking and health monitoring solutions are also packed into these devices.
AgriSmart – Tagging & Monitoring Livestock
Sticking a yellow handwritten tag with information on the ear of cattle is still the practice in many parts of the world. In some cases, cattle are marked by painting their bodies or horns. Marking and identifying cattle has come leaps and bounds with several companies offering automated monitoring solutions. South African startup AgriSmart uses advanced location tracking technology and comprehensive health monitoring technologies to develop two types of tags for cattle. Their Standard External ID Tag (SEIDT) uses geofencing to alert the farmer if cattle have strayed outside their farm zone. The Advanced Internal ID Tag (AIIDT), which is an extension of SEIDT, allows for monitoring the health of the cattle, alerting the farmer if it detects any abnormal activity.
Pharm Robotics – Automated Administration Of Injections
While automation can detect and inform about the health of an animal, it still takes skill and human labor to administer the medicines and injections to cattle. This can be extremely time consuming and, with the shortage of labor, cause serious delays. Advances in robotic administration technologies in healthcare and medicine have now reached the dairy farm as well. The US-based startup Pharm Robotics develops Sureshot, an automated robotic system to administer injections and vaccine shots. They use RFID and video cameras to identify cattle that require injections. Once the cattle have been identified, they are softly held still with a barrier while a robotic arm administers the injection. Installing this system after the milking lanes can ensure efficiency in conducting this process.
INHOF – End-To-End Data Analytics
Innovations in the dairy industry come in all shapes and sizes. There are many solutions looking to automate a part of the farming process, tracking or milking. However, as the adoption of technology rises among dairy farmers, they will begin demanding for comprehensive solutions for their farms. Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) help to integrate the various solutions available while providing valuable insights to the farmer. Indian startup INHOF develops FarmTree, a comprehensive dairy analytics platform for farmers. Their digital diary records numerous information points like average milk production, dry period and health information to give the farmer a good understanding of their farm and business. They help identify ‘cash cows’ and do the number crunching for the farmer – valuable services for all farmers.
Smart Dairy Inside – Standardized Dairy Farm-In-A-Box
As demand grows for dairy products, the space available for breeding them is going to reduce. Farmers are going to need dairy shelters and equipment which can take care of the animals while incorporating advanced technologies to achieve higher efficiency on the farm. In addition, redesigning traditional barns can result in creating a circular dairy farm where all aspects of the farm are optimized. Dutch startup Smart Dairy Inside aims to enable small farms to leap into the 21st century. They offer Farm-in-a-Box, a standardized farm for 25 dairy cows with improved access to technology, funds, and markets. In addition, they offer a suite of automated solutions called SmartBox which provides milking equipment, farm, and livestock monitoring and tools for farm management. They also offer training, knowledge sharing, and networking services for dairy farmers through their SmartApp.
What About The Other 164 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 169 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.