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Dairy farming faces several interconnected challenges, including early disease detection, antibiotic overuse, and optimizing reproductive success. These issues impact the health, productivity, and sustainability of cow herds. Conventional methods often fall short in providing timely alerts for health issues, leading to economic losses for farmers. 

Addressing these challenges requires innovative technologies like smaXtec, which aim to empower farmers with continuous monitoring, early alerts, and comprehensive data sharing. smaXtec’s primary goals in dairy farming technology are to proactively manage cow herd health and optimize reproductive success. 

smaXtec technology involves early disease detection, reducing illness severity, and minimizing antibiotic use. It also aims to enhance reproductive success by identifying ideal insemination times, leading to shorter calving intervals and improved fertility rates.

Learn more about smaXtec technology and benefits: 

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You will find additional 45 good practices, initiatives and use cases in the AgriSkills Reference Catalogue titled “AgriSkills Guidebook on Digitalization in Agriculture”.

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