In the E-Track project we were able to show that it is possible to measure a variety of behaviors of cow's behaviors from GPS and other data. In this project we took that concept further. Together with the research organizations Alterra and Wageningen University, we carried out a feasibility study into the concept of using GPS to detect when the cow's behavior indicates that the grass is not optimal (for example searching behavior) and then using satellite imagery to determine the best fresh grass to send the cows to. Ideally that process could be fully automated, saving the farmer labor and tipping the financial balance in favor of outdoor grazing for the cows.
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This project was funded by the European Space Agency.