See a profile on the GrowSafe System developed by a firm in Airdrie, Alberta. The system allows producers to closely monitor the feed and water intake of individual animals with RFID tags and load cells that measure how much a cow consumes. By monitoring the animals water intake often times illness can be more quickly discovered. They’ve found if an animal doesn’t drink within 24 hours there is a good chance it has a significant health problem. It can also be used to identify traits in animals that see them convert less feed into more pounds gained. At the time of our visit in 2011 the GrowSafe system was available to producers on a lease basis and costs varied on the watering system from $3 to $12 per head.
Location: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada