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Tech: Software company introduces AI-informed cattle feeding recommendations

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January 25, 2024
By Bree Rody

Livestock software provider Precision Livestock Technologies (PLT) is introducing its first AI-informed system to predict cattle intake and make feeding recommendations.

The system generates daily quantitative feeding predictions based on hundreds of data points gathered from PLT’s machine vision Bunk Management System and external data sources, taking into account feeding rates, feeding times, feeding cycles, cattle behavior, ration type, weather and other factors. The company developed its AI-based algorithms through machine learning techniques, based on over 150,000 discrete pen days. The technology is configured to allow PLT to efficiently tune the output to match specific feeding protocols.

“Developing this capability has always been a high-priority goal for the company, and it is extremely gratifying to see the system adding value for our customers,” said Andrew McKenzie, PLT CEO, in a statement. “We are confident that the unique, objective data of our Bunk Management System can be harnessed to increase profits and improve animal health.

McKenzie added, “One powerful aspect of machine learning is that applications can continuously improve as more data is generated. As the company continues to add clients and expand system use to cover more cattle, the technology will continue to improve and generate higher returns for PLT customers.”


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