Just as your fitness tracker is creating performance logs for you, so too are the cows logging personal bests.
“We have milk weights by quarter for the cows (one for each teat),” says Jones. “Because no two quarters are alike, they’re separate compartments.” The farm records the milk weight of each individual udder, meaning there’s less work for more product -- and less stress on the cows, which creates an easier work environment for both farmers and bovines.
He admits, “I’m a nerd about this stuff,” but biometrics produce results that even excite the layman. Everybody benefits from an environmental perspective.
“In 1950 there were 25 million dairy cows in the US,” he explains. “Today in the US there are 9 million. We’re making 60% more milk with that many less animals. And our greenhouse gases are at an all-time low. Of the total greenhouse gases in California, 4% is attributable to dairy farms, which is amazing considering how many dairy farms there are in the state. We use every drop of water on the farm way more than once -- recycling it for cooling, cleaning, and other secondary uses.”