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Emerging Technology Could Identity Cattle Through Facial Recognition
Amanda Radke, Beef Magazine | January 27, 2019
In China, an artificial intelligence (AI) company is developing a new livestock health monitoring system with facial recognition to manage the herd one cow at a time.
At Brother Farm in northern China, four overhead cameras capture one image per second of cows as they arrive to be milked. The photos are being used to develop one of China's most advanced agricultural technologies.
Zhao Jinshi, founder of Beijing Unitrace Tech, says, "AI is already capable of identifying human faces. Now, we want to teach AI how to identify cows."
Checkoff–Funded Beef Quality Assurance Program's Online Certification Option Reaches Major Milestone
Agri News | February 6, 2019
More than 50,000 cattle producers have been certified through the Beef Quality Assurance program's new online learning system since it was first offered in February 2017.
Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands have now become BQA–certified through in–person and online training, with an estimated 80 percent of the U.S. fed beef supply now touched by BQA–certified operations.
The beef checkoff–funded BQA program is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.
Drinking the Plant–Based Diet Kool–Aid
Troy Media | January 27, 2019
The EAT–Lancet Commission report underscores the importance of global food security, it falls short on a few fronts.
It also doesn't recognize that meat can be grown more sustainably, through efforts such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and the emergence of cultured meat. Science is also pushing industry to think differently about how to produce meat. Notably, of the report's 37 authors, few have backgrounds in economics, policy, or animal, plant or soil sciences.
Healthy Sustainable Diets for All: A View from Ethiopia
Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, Thomson Reuters Foundation | February 7, 2019
Ethiopia, once a byword for hunger and want, has in recent decades become a dynamic success story, a leader in the fight against both poverty and malnutrition. In that achievement, livestock figure prominently.
Our cows, sheep, goats, chickens, camels and other animals are bringing wealth to all actors in the livestock value chain, especially rural women who lack other opportunities to make money. They also create jobs for rural youth. And for our children, an egg or a cup of milk a day can make all the difference, helping to prevent stunting and the life sentence of cognitive deficits.
This week, experts are gathering in Addis Ababa to discuss a recent report by the EAT–Lancet Commission focused on sustainable food production systems.
It thus misses an important opportunity to contextualize the diverse food production systems that characterize much of the world outside of the rich, developed countries.
Ethiopians consume on average a tenth as much meat as people in developed countries, so moderate increases in milk and meat consumption create an opportunity to improve malnutrition and stunting, a major commitment of ours, as set forth in the Seqota Declaration.