Belarusian theoretical physicist Dmitry Shiroky created a technology called Ovi-bovi. The new device is able to accurately show when the cows are ready to mate. The level of reproduction of the whole herd depends on understanding the exact time favorable for fertilization of animals. Farmers can independently monitor 2-3 cows. If there are more than 300 animals in the herd, the process should be automated. This will save millions of dollars.
Dmitry pondered the idea for about a year. To get started, he needed 90 thousand dollars. Dmitry tried to find money from the state, because at that time there already existed Presidential Decree No. 229 of May 20, 2013 “On some measures to stimulate the implementation of innovative projects”. But it turned out that to get funding for it is unreal.
In April 2015, the Ovi-bovi project won first place in the Information Technology nomination at the Russian Startup Tour 2015 start-up competition in Minsk. But even then the money could not be received – the Belarusians were not paid the prize money.
One sensor allows you to save $ 60 a year on a cow, reported on the site . There are about a million cows in Belarus, which means that the country can receive 60 million profits from the introduction of technology.
“I wrote the algorithm for a month. In my past scientific life, I solved Maxwell’s equations, so it was not difficult to write an algorithm for the sensor.”
This algorithm, according to the inventor, turned out so successful that it still works without improvement.
By the way, the Israeli company SCR Engineering spent about seven years developing similar algorithms and sensors.
A farmer from Sweden, Sarah Nilsson, who found the Ovi-bovi website on the Internet, became the first buyer of Dmitry sensors. She bought 20 sensors, for which she paid $ 1600. The second batch of sensors went to Indonesia. Next were supplies to Russia, Australia, India, Kazakhstan.
Sensors, created by Dmitry, help not only to save significant amounts. They also prolong the life of animals. If the cow does not become pregnant on the farm, then she is given for meat. When using sensors pregnancy occurs much more often.
Artificial insemination costs money, and every failure is an expense that will not pay off, explains senior livestock specialist Sergey Zhurbin.
Before the advent of sensors, cows were watched by people, now cars do it. When they record the willingness to mate in a cow, the farmer receives an SMS with the number of the animal. It is very convenient and greatly facilitates the work.
The sensor has been running on battery for about ten years. The data transmission range in open areas is more than five kilometers. Similar sensors from Connecterra will “survive” in full charge for only about a year.