A sugarcane bio-capsule for monitoring livestock

2022-05-31 14:25:45 admin

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If there is a large capsule, it can enter the stomach of the cow to accompany it for a lifetime, and you can know the cow's position, body temperature, posture, and detailed information on whether the digestion is normal, whether it is sick, whether it is in heat, and whether it is pregnant. Isn't it amazing? ?

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The startup of Hunan HKTTechnology Co., Ltd. (HKT for short) has a different approach to providing similar herd monitoring services. Their invention is a bio-friendly, non-toxic sugar cane capsule measuring 10cm x 2.5cm, designed to be safely swallowed by cows and then remain in the cow's stomach forever. It provides farmers with real-time data on animals. More than 70,000 dairy cows have been monitored in this way around the world.

The capsule is an internet-of-things device, physical data from the animal is gathered on a central box and relayed to the farmer’s computer or mobile device/app over 300 times a day. Data includes markers for around 40 types of livestock disease including foot-and-mouth disease, sepsis and mastitis. The device also records body temperature, drinking cycle, ruminal pH level and overall animal activity as well as helping to alert farmers to the optimal time for insemination.

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In addition, the gastric capsule integrates a variety of sensors, which avoids the environmental impact defects of wearable sensors such as vulnerability, easy falling off, fear of water, sun and sandy weather. Through the project of "Digital Management System Based on Niuwei Capsule Pasture", a remote transmission system for livestock information was developed at the same time. The system adopts the low-power and long-distance LoRa technology of star network architecture, which simplifies field network deployment. A central gateway can cover pastoral areas with a radius of 5 kilometers, avoiding the disadvantages of frequent battery replacement of gastric capsules, and can meet the needs of large-scale pastures for stocking. The need for long-term monitoring of livestock information.

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As one of the pillar industries of Inner Mongolia, animal husbandry is still in the stage of extensive development. It requires technology to optimize resource allocation, promote the digital upgrade of animal husbandry, and promote the high-standard and high-quality development of the dairy industry, beef cattle industry and seed industry. "Using Weidian capsules can reduce management costs, and has very good prospects for animal husbandry, meat and milk quality, and building local brands. The application of this technology will bring huge economic and social benefits." HKT representative said that with the large-scale application of gastric capsules, it can provide data support for scientific research institutes, banks, insurance companies, veterinary drug companies, and feed companies. Departments, etc. provide safe and reliable traceability data.