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The Cattle Herds of the Future

December 28, 2013
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
Farm of the Future   Beef

Elements of mobile and precision technology will drive herd health and cow care to help meet consumer demands.

Humans with health problems already wear computer chips that monitor their health and transmit information to doctors. As the cost of these chips drops, they will show up in more cattle as well, providing instant answers to important questions.

Smart phone apps will enable to farmers to take pictures of cattle, know instantly what ails them, and transmit the information to vets, who will be more time-efficient and blank.

Tomorrow’s cattle herds are likely to be less homogenous than today’s. Medical advances will enable farmers to do what’s best for individual steers rather than feed them the same and raise them to the same weight.

Here are five articles and videos on AgWeb's Farm of the Future site to watch to gain insight about the future of your cattle operation.

The future of beef production will be focused on keeping cows healthy and happy.


Ag futurist Richard Kottmeyer says that with China's rising middle class, the demands of the consumers will change.

Futurist Lowell Catlett, an ag economist from New Mexico State University, predicts that smartphones are going to dramatically change medical diagnostics in cattle.

In the future, the cattle industry may shift to a forage-based production system.

Animal health will focus on the social connections cattle make with each other.

Visit AgWeb's Farm of the Future site.


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