Advances in digital monitoring and surveillance are rapidly transforming the animal health landscape, bringing improvements in speed and efficiency that enable individual-level treatment even in groups of hundreds of animals. Collectively known as Precision Livestock Farming, these techniques have been applied to real farms for decades, but as digital advancements bring it into the mainstream, it has become the latest buzzword in livestock farming.
Digital monitoring technologies offer opportunities for veterinary care to become more efficient and precise, enabling more targeted animal health care within the group of animals. Traditional health and welfare strategies used by farmers, such as visual checks, are part of this digital makeover. These technologies assist farmers in achieving the same goals through ‘smart’ solutions, enabling them to enhance their operations. Automation, greater connectivity and more health data also allows for earlier diagnosis and more accurate treatment.