Small Farm goes Hi-tech with Robotic Milkers and Automated Greenhouse

Published By : 15 Jan 2019 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Milking cows are now wearing fit-bit like collars that monitors their each and every move. This is the sight of about 150 jersey cows at Rivendale farms in Bulger, about 25 miles on the west of Pittsburgh. These cows are milked using robotic machines.

Another nearby site at the farm, about quarter-acre in size is an automated greenhouse. It grows salad-bowl crops such as arugula, kale, and baby carrots. The temperature, sunlight, and humidity are controlled by sensors and retractable metallic screens. In the future, small robots are likely to wander eight acres of the farm’s land. These robots will work to spot diseases and pluck weeds in the vegetable crops.

Adoption of Technology aims at Enhanced Efficiency

In America, farming is increasingly becoming high-tech. This involves using GPS, satellite imagery, drones, soil sensors, and supercomputers to aid the nation’s food production. Nevertheless, high-tech farming is mainly employed in large industrial farms, the one that stretch as far as the eye can view.

Howbeit, Rivendale farms throws light on robotic technology to be available for smaller farms. For giant farms, use of technology is entirely related to increasing yields and cost cutting. The requirement to enhance efficiency remains for smaller farms too. As stated by the owner of Rivendale, the goal is to create a cutting-edge farm enabled by technology.  

On another note, Rivendale can afford a combination of cutting-edge commercial technology and science experiments. This is because Rivendale’s owner is a serial entrepreneur, who has invested in tech-related ventures and is a former film producer. The owner has spent several million dollars on the farm so far.

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