Automated Herd Control System (AHCS) is a novel integrated solution for live stock management under development. As part of the overarching Connected Farm concept, AHCS aims to fundamentally change farm management, increasing profitability and allows for more humane animal husbandry. Robolit serves as a technology development consultant engaged in the hardware, software and algorithm development facets of the work.
AHCS provides stereotypical tracking services that is also available in other contemporary products: 1) geographical tracking; and 2) health monitoring. What makes AHCS unique is its ability to produce desirable herd movement behavior. Through the use of sophisticated artificial intelligence methodologies driving strategically activated stimulation mechanisms the system leads herds of live stock to displace along planned trajectories and remain within specified areas.
Utilization of this system will provide optimal grazing behavior which will not only protect and even improve the flora in a ranch but also will improve the health or animals and increase the plant-to-protein conversion rate. Previously expensive and time consuming certain grazing techniques necessary for organic farming systems will become easily implementable within the AHCS managed farms.
In most cattle ranches animals roam the pasture without human intervention for weeks and sometimes months at a time. During such periods there are various risks that threaten the health of animals and ultimately ranch productivity. AHCS system provides continuous location and health monitoring functionalities. Key health indicators streamed continuously from the herd and its off-line analysis give rise to markers signaling potential issues such as animal in medical distress, or theft.