We are pleased to announce significant progress in the development of our dairy farming technology with the start of our beta testing programme.
It has been a busy few months for the team working on designing and putting into place our experimental plan with an external collaborator. This will validate the effectiveness of our sensor technology and will allow us to provide real evidence as to the accuracy of Milkalyser’s system.
We are working on a test installation at South West Dairy Development Centre in preparation for a ministerial visit next month. This will be an important step for the company, marking the start of our beta testing programme.
An invaluable trial for our technology, the beta testing will allow us to begin to build our evidence base on the benefits of installing Milkalyser and the impact this can have on fertility management.
Progesterone concentration is the gold standard of oestrus detection, and Milkalyser’s aim is to bring this to every farm. By automating progesterone analysis, our technology removes the time and labour demands associated with progesterone testing. Plus, by bringing the calving interval below 390 days, a net value of £150 per cow could be saved.
Milkalyser can be retro-fitted to existing robotic milking machines with minimal tools and time, bringing scientific precision and accuracy to in-dairy herd fertility management.
As our technology grows, as has the team behind it, to ensure we have the necessary capabilities in-house to support Milkalyser in its next phase of growth.
Managing Director of Cows and Co Group, Stuart MacLennan, joined the Board of Directors in June bringing his business management expertise and strong agricultural background to inform the direction of the company. He joins the Board alongside Chairman Christopher Stanley, who has co-founded five life sciences and medicine technology companies.
Supporting the commercial roll-out of our technology, Ben Brunt joined the team in June and will be working on field testing and data analysis. We have also welcomed Jordi Llavina to the team. Following his Telecommunications Engineering degree at La Salle Barcelona, and having completed a software engineering internship with sister company eCow, Jordi is now creating the infrastructure for the 5G RuralFirst project.
As well as continuing the roll-out of Milkalyser technology, we have plenty planned for the latter end of 2018.
Firstly, the much-anticipated Dairy Show returns to the Bath and West Showground on 3rd October. Our team will be in attendance and are looking forward to meeting with potential customers who wish to improve fertility in their herd.
To find out more about the benefits Milkalyser could bring to your farm, get in touch with our team.