Cargill has bought a minority stake in Cainthus, a Dublin-based machine vision company working on facial recognition technology that monitors the health and wellbeing of livestock. The system is aimed at dairy cattle initially, but the new partnership will see it extended to other species, including pigs, poultry and aquaculture in future.
The proprietary software uses images to identify individual animals based on their hide patterns and facial recognition. It collects critical data on food and water intake, heat detection and behaviour patterns, analysing the information to deliver insights that support management decisions on milk production, reproduction management and overall animal health.
“Our shared vision is to disrupt and transform how we bring insights and analytics to dairy producers worldwide,” states SriRaj Kantamneni, managing director for Cargill’s digital insights business. “Our customers’ ability to make proactive and predictive decisions to improve their farm’s efficiency, enhance animal health and wellbeing, reduce animal loss, and ultimately increase farm profitability are significantly enhanced with this technology.”
David Hunt, president and co-founder of Cainthus, says Cargill’s investment and scale will help “bring a world-class digital capability to the market through their understanding of how technology will truly help farmers succeed. We think this partnership will be a game changer for farmers because it will allow them to efficiently scale their business”.
Scott Ainslie, vice president and group director at Cargill Animal Nutrition adds: “It’s important for us to invest in emerging digital technologies that drive value for our customers and for the industry. As an industry leader in this space, we are committed to using technology to address the biggest challenges facing the food system.”