Nebraska Patent of the Month – August 2021

Farmers know how vital it is to identify and treat illnesses in their livestock as early as possible. Early treatment can prevent herd loss and reduce the need for culling. Currently, the industry standard detection methods use rectal temperatures and visual cues – both methods detect symptoms well beyond early onset. Pixobot, Inc. has developed a system to monitor symptoms and characteristics much earlier on. 

The system uses an animal tag with multiple sensors. The sensors – which include temperature, accelerometer, and magnetometers on gyroscopes – measure a variety of characteristics. These are communicated to a concentrator which assesses the values and reports the determined health state. The tag is attached to the ear, like any other livestock tag. It monitors the livestock 24/7, allowing near-immediate detection as changes in health occur. It sends live data to the farmer, storing it safely within the cattle management software for viewing and analysis. This speeds up treatment as well as regular vet checks.

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