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NEW AI PROJECT AIMS TO RECOGNISE A COW BY ITS SKIN PATTERNS

Agricultural innovation group Agri-EPI Centre and VetPartners are collaborating with video games developers on a new project which aims to help dairy farmers and advance cow health.

The SmARtview research is working to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system that can recognize a cow by its skin patterns, as well as a “HoloLens” Augmented Reality (AR) headset that displays health and productivity data about an animal as a user views it.

This system will help make the process of examining a cow and then having to look up its health records much more efficient and effective. Head of dairy at Agri-Epi Duncan Forbes said: “The beauty of this project is that it combines farmers’ and vet’s experienced ‘eyes’ with real-time data: technology is being used to enhance, rather than replace, human skills.