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Hi-tech cattle stall aims for better herds

11 May 2015

Cow with calf.

Calfsmart is the brainchild of Ben Neal, a 35-year-old mechanical engineer who grew up on a dairy farm in Dannevirke. Calfsmart is a four-stall feeding system designed to produce better-quality herds, faster. An ear tag antenna identifies each calf as it enters the stall and the Calfsmart system automatically dispenses a custom feed recipe.

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Keywords: cattle, farming, digital, electronics, characteristics of technological outcomes, characteristics of technology, precision farming

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