Alberta app helps ranchers with artificial intelligence

This technological tool allows Ashley Perepelkin to save precious time. The mother of four children, the breeder takes care of 160 cows for calving on her ranch located southwest of Edmonton. Ashley Perepelkin must assume this heavy task alone, because her husband, the co-owner of Perepelkin Farmstakes care of the grain and works full time during the winter.

Hard work for Ashley Perepelkin, checking the status of 100 cows every three hours. A job that must be done day and night, and sometimes in winter temperatures that can reach tens of degrees below zero.

From now on, the breeder can count on the help of an application named Bovine expert monitoring and surveillance, or “Expert in bovine monitoring and traceability”. The app, whose acronym is BETSY, uses facial recognition cameras to observe animals. BETSY then makes a report if it detects abnormal behavior in the animals.

Ashley Perepelkin is very impressed with the app in general. His farm participated in the BETSY data collection and beta test last year. It was then that Ashley Perepelkin understood the full potential of this technology, she says.

She can tell me if something’s up […] this way i don’t have to live 60 days of limited sleeprejoices the breeder.

An Alberta Product

The application was developed by the Alberta company AI OneCup facilitate the work of people working in the agricultural sector.

The company’s chairman and CEO, Mohka Shmigelsky, comes from a family of farmers. A context that inspired her to set up this project.

Mohka Shmigelsky explains that BETSY uses facial recognition to identify each animal individually. The technology then monitors the animals throughout the day to gather useful information for the farmer.

The application has also been conceptualized to quickly detect if something is wrong with the monitored animals. BETSY is a proactive systemsaid Mohka Shmigelsky.

For example, the app will notify the farmer if a cow calves or limps. She even goes so far as to monitor the animals’ water and food consumption.

» BETSY has the abilities of a farmhand [qui] watch your animals and tell you a lot of information about them. »

A quote from Mohka Shmigelsky, President and CEO, OneCup AI

Calving season is in the spring and this is BETSY’s opportunity to stand out. She monitors the animals and warns the breeder […] if an animal begins to calvedeclare it CEO of AI OneCup.

The app is also able to recognize and monitor around 50 different animals, such as horses and sheep, explains Mohka Shmigelsky.

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