Operational Group

SMARTFEED - Smart measurements in cattle feeding and health [ÄLYREHU]

Operational Group

SMARTFEED - Smart measurements in cattle feeding and health [ÄLYREHU]

Start Date: 01 January 2018

End Date: 31 August 2020

Location: Kainuu, Finland


  • Develop methods, tools, analytics and data transfer to create a system for monitoring silage quality, and energy and protein nutrition balance of dairy cows on-site at farms
    • Test handheld devices for monitoring nutritional value of growing grass and to support the determination of optimal harvesting time for fodder
    • Develop a tool for easy silage sample collection
    • Develop a quick on-farm method for determination of the dry matter in silage and fodder
    • Develop two electrochemical biosensor assays for analysis of nutritional markers in milk to facilitate monitoring of nutritional balance in individual cows
    • Develop data transfer for measurement results to a central database
  • Increase efficiency, productivity and competitiveness of the farms by reducing feeding costs and improving cow health
  • Decrease the working time needed to silage sample collection and handling, and to analysis and archiving of measurement results


ProAgria Kainuu Rural Advisory Services, MTech Digital Solutions Ltd, Semes Ltd, local veterinarian


Coordinator name and contact:
University of Oulu, Kajaani University Consortium, Unit of Measurement Technology (MITY) [email protected]

Number of farms:
8 pilot farms

Funding Organization:
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas, Rural 2020