Trade press release

Detect disease faster with camera and artificial intelligence

25 Jan 2023

GEA, together with its partner CattleEye, an agribusiness based in Northern Ireland, offers a new digital solution to detect and treat lameness in cows faster. This consists of a camera and software that analyzes the animals' movement patterns. The system is available to all GEA customers worldwide through their country sales organizations.

Image: The camera captures each cow in the milking parlor, and the CattleEye software analyzes its movement pattern and detects possible lameness. (Image: CattleEye)

The camera captures each cow in the milking parlor, and the CattleEye software analyzes its movement pattern and detects possible lameness. (Image: CattleEye)

Lameness is a common problem on dairy farms with far-reaching consequences. In addition to reduced animal welfare and high veterinary costs, affected cows are also less productive. Furthermore, the cows become harder to breed and the risk of secondary diseases is increased. Claw diseases and associated lameness are the third most common cause of dairy cow deaths - and thus a major financial risk factor for farms overall. With the help of artificial intelligence, GEA customers can now take countermeasures at an early stage.

For lameness detection, a 2D camera is installed above the existing milking system. This reliably captures and regularly records each cow as it leaves the milking parlor. The associated CattleEye software then evaluates irregularities in the animals' movement patterns and flags them in the system. This data can then be accessed at any time via the app on the smartphone and tablet as well as on the PC. In this way, impending or already occurred lameness can be automatically identified and treated in time. "The system is a very convenient and, above all, time-saving way to keep an eye on the hoof health of the herd," says Holger Siegwarth, Vice President Digital Solutions and Services at GEA Farm Technologies.

"Another advantage is that the solution can be installed in both new and existing farms with conventional as well as automatic milking systems. It is also almost maintenance free," explains Terry Canning, CEO of CattleEye.

"Together with CattleEye, we can now offer our customers another important herd management product that not only makes farms more profitable, but also allows them to operate more sustainably. Animals are healthier overall, live longer and are consistently productive," says Holger Siegwarth.

Please note that this is a global webpage. For more information on the availability of this product in your country please reach out to your local GEA dealer.


Lilian Schmalenstroer

Phone: 49 211 91362090

About GEA

GEA is one of the world’s largest suppliers of systems and components to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The international technology group, founded in 1881, focuses on machinery and plants, as well as advanced process technology, components and comprehensive services.

With more than 18,000 employees, the group generated revenues of about EUR 5.4 billion in more than 150 countries in the 2023 fiscal year. GEA plants, processes, components and services enhance the efficiency and sustainability of customer’s production. They contribute significantly to the reduction of CO2 emissions, plastic usage and food waste. In doing so, GEA makes a key contribution toward a sustainable future, in line with the company’s purpose: ”Engineering for a better world“. GEA is listed on the German MDAX the European STOXX® Europe 600 Index and is among the companies comprising the DAX 50 ESG, MSCI Global Sustainability as well as Dow Jones Sustainability World and Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Indices.
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