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Big Dairy Enters the Era of Big Data

by Bill Hayes

In Big Dairy Enters the Era of Big Data, Bloomberg Businessweek looks at the impact of technology on dairy farming.

There’s a notion that life on the farm is simple, but running a dairy farm is wickedly complicated. Unlike with other businesses that make things, the machines that produce milk are, well, cows. Cows need to be fed. They need to sleep. They gain and lose weight. The number of variables a dairy farmer has to stay on top of is staggering.

Fortunately, technology has made deep inroads into the world of dairy farming, helping manage day-to-day chores and collecting and analyzing the large batches of data a herd of cattle generates daily. [more]