InSoGoat: Innovative Solutions for Goats. At its core InSoGoat is all about analyzing individual variations in milk production, which varies between 700 and 3200 kg milk/goat/year, through big data. The project consists of stocktaking and analysis of available data of individual milk production, milk quality and feedings which has been collected over the past few years, as well as measuring certain climate factors like light intensity, temperature, ammonia, carbon dioxide, wind speed (draft) and relative humidity through sensor modules that deliver their data to the cloud using LoRaWAN.
During this year the project will be expanded by not only measuring movement/activity, disease and heartrate, but also mapping out body processes like ruminate behavior using new dairy cattle boluses. These new electronic micro boluses, which monitor pH and temperature in the stomach, will hit the market in May 2016. The data the bolus produces can be read wirelessly. In the cow world this technology has proven itself, with advantages such as higher milk yield trough pH optimization, support in determining feed and a view on the drinking behavior.
The ultimate goal is to improve milk production and health on dairy goat farms all around the globe.