Albion has invested £1.25 million in partnership with Scottish Equity Partners and Scottish Enterprise to fund the growth of Silent Herdsman Limited, a market leading platform for the automated detection of livestock health conditions.
‘Silent Herdsman’, is a collar that works by sensing the cow’s head positions in three dimensions. Farmers are alerted when a change in movement pattern is detected. They can detect if the animal’s hind legs begin to lower, which is one of the first signs of illness, or if the animal starts becomes agitated, a sign that it is on heat. The collar has the ability to communicate with a farm base station by radio and wirelessly and the information is passed to the farm computer 24/7.
The collars contain a computer chip with an algorithm of the behaviour of thousands of cows, against which the wearer’s movements are benchmarked.
The key differentiator of the SHL product over its competitors is that the computer chip software can be updated remotely meaning the user only has to buy and install one set of hardware.
The technology was developed by a spin-out group from The University of Strathclyde.