Cattle

Typical cattle-weighing methods are stressful and occasionally harmful for both farmers and their livestock.

Beefie streamlines cattle weighing with smartphone app

By Beth Newhart

Agroninja Beefie has developed a smartphone app that can weigh cattle with up to 95% accuracy through simply taking a picture. The Hungarian startup’s technology hit the market over the summer and is expanding globally.

Lewis Road Creamery, featured in this month's round-up of of new products in DairyReporter, is a potential new purchaser of milk from Westland following the deal.

Westland and Southern Pastures sign agreement

By Jim Cornall

Growing demand for free-range, grass-fed milk has led to Southern Pastures LP – New Zealand’s largest dairy farmland fund – becoming a shareholder of Westland Milk Products – New Zealand’s second largest dairy co-operative.

SomaDetect can alert dairy farmers to individual cow health issues to prevent certain diseases from developing. ©GettyImages/jenoche

SomaDetect technology brings transparency to dairy farms

By Mary Ellen Shoup

SomaDetect, a dairy technology startup measuring milk quality and cow health, will launch its business in the US with a new office and pilot program with 10 dairy farms in the State of New York in early January 2018.

Managing director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Ben Langat; Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh; and Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Bagudu Atiku, during the presentation of a milking machine by the Minister to FrieslandCampina WAMCO in Abuja.

Presentation made to FrieslandCampina WAMCO in Nigeria

By Jim Cornall

Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has donated a portable motorized milking machine to FrieslandCampina WAMCO, while praising the company as the biggest investor in Nigeria’s dairy sector.

IceRobotics is receiving funding to help negotiate the Chinese market. Pic:©iStock/lnzyx

IceRobotics gets financial support to enter Chinese market

By Jim Cornall

UK agritech company IceRobotics has received £5,000 ($6,545) in support as part of the China-Britain Business Council’s (CBBC) ‘Ready for China’ campaign to help more UK companies enter the China market.