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WI Dairy News: Fitbits for Cows

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THORP (WKOW) -- You may use a fitness tracker to see how active you are, but farmers are using similar technology for their cows.

At Holland's Family Farm in Thorp, Wisconsin, each cow has an electronic device attached to its ear and ankle.  The device tracks the cow's nutrition, activity, and rest. It can also be used to alert the farmer if a cow is sick. Cold ears or not eating a lot is the first sign that the cow isn't feeling well.

Dairy farmer Rolf Penterman says, "It takes much more time to track every single cow and find out the temperature or if she's really sick. Now, it only activates if a cow is not doing what it does.  It shows on the computer screen and then you blend it down to maybe 6 cows that you have to check."

If you want to learn more about the technology, you can call and set up a tour at Holland's Family Farm and see the fitness trackers for yourself.  

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