Innovation Snapshot
Innovator:Precision Animal Solutions and Dr. Brad White
Location:Okotoks, Alberta

Remote Early Disease Identification in Cattle

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the largest health challenges facing post-weaned beef calves and early, accurate disease diagnosis is critical for animal welfare and appropriate use of antimicrobials.

The disease is a complex, multi-factorial syndrome that’s triggered by bacterial and viral infections, and stress. It is commonly found among recently weaned calves that have been transferred to feed lots.

The Remote Early Disease Identification (REDI) system uses individual animal behaviours to remotely identify BRD and has been shown to increase diagnostic accuracy compared to a visual observer.

The REDI system uses animal behavioural data for cattle wellness determination. However, the data required for the REDI system must be robust and fit into the cattle operations for widespread adoption of this technology. Precision Animal Solutions is now in the process of working with industry collaborators to develop and validate hardware systems that will allow the enablement of REDI in commercial feedlots, ultimately improving animal welfare, reducing unnecessary antibiotic use, and reducing costs to both industry and consumers.

This project is part of Alberta Innovates’ Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge.