The artificial intelligence (AI) system we have developed can predict the milk output of each cow a year in advance and detect diseases before they manifest.
An artificial intelligence system developed by scientists and researchers at high-tech company Afimilk, can predict the milk output of each cow – a year in advance. The technology developed by the company – located in Kibbutz Afikim but also operates offices in the center of the country – currently “manages” over 10 million cows in cowsheds in 52 countries around the world.
According to ResearchAndMarkets.com, the volume of investment in artificial intelligence solutions in agriculture is expected to increase by 11.2$ billion by 2030 – compared to 671.6$ million in 2019.
“AI is driven by the availability of big data,” says Oren Drori, VP of Product Management at Afimilk. “We have a lot of data on each cow in our system, thanks to the increasing use of sensors we have developed in cowsheds and milking facilities, an increase in the use of herd management software, and the availability of data from a large number of cowsheds, uploaded to the cloud for analysis and study (“training” of the software).” According to Drori, this analysis is particularily essential in the management of cowsheds, as it allows the prediction of the amount of milk and the economic performance of each cow. “Our technology also makes it possible to predict diseases prior to the onset of direct symptoms – because just like in human medicine, the most effective strategy is always prevention.”
According to Drori, cowsheds have undergone a significant transformation in recent years. “When markets push milk prices down, and environmental considerations limit the number of cows, milk producers must be more efficient than ever. Each cow should produce more milk at a lower cost per litre with a lower carbon footprint. As herds grow, the roles of farmers become more and more managerial, which increases the potential value of the technology they use.”
Afimilk currently focuses on the smart management of cowsheds. The company develops, manufactures and markets advanced management solutions for cowsheds, which include smart sensors, artificial intelligence-based monitoring and prediction systems, and management interfaces on PCs and smartphones. The company’s products are marketed in 52 countries around the world.