Big data and digital technologies are transforming many aspects of the agri-food sector. However, the beef industry has been slow to adopt these innovations, contributing to stagnant revenue growth.
Dr. Graham Plastow and his team at the University of Alberta are creating an “Arm-Chair Rancher” mobile app, which will use machine learning to integrate and compare data across various Alberta beef and agriculture farms and management agencies.
This data will be combined with local market, weather, pasture assessment and climate data to provide real-time guidance and facilitate specific precision herd management decisions throughout the year for the user’s herd, location, and available resources.
Arm-Chair Rancher will allow beef farmers to maximize the sustainability, efficiency and profitability of their operations while at the same time minimizing overhead and labor costs.
This project is part of Alberta Innovates’ Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge.
Partners: University of Alberta