Press Release December 2020

Futuro Farming wins Innovation Award

EuroTier Innovation Award Silver Medal and Animal Welfare Award to the Calf Monitoring System

Regensburg,  Germany,  December 3rd, 2020

Futuro Farming has developed an early warning system for calf diseases. Through a
sensor on the calf hutches, diseases can be predicted up to three days in advance.
Via an app, the farmer is thus informed about the health status of the animals at all times and can
can initiate treatment directly if necessary.

The system wins the Silver Medal and the Animal Welfare Award at the
Innovation Awards at EuroTier 2021, the world’s largest trade fair for animal
husbandry

Six young men started their own business in October 2018 with the startup Futuro Farming. The idea: an early warning system for calf diseases. The
starting point for this was the acute problem that many young animals fall ill in their first
weeks of life. Sensors attached to the calf hutches monitor the animals’
behavior. Finally, this data is
evaluated and made available to the farmer via an app. The solution has now been awarded the Silver Medal and the Animal Welfare Award at the EuroTier 2021
silver medal and the Animal Welfare Award.

This problem came to the attention of Patrick Zimmer, who grew up in a Bavarian village
and came into contact with calves at an early age. A school friend told him about the problem that many animals fall ill during the first
weeks of life. Scours and lung diseases, but also naval infections, occur particularly often. It is then important
to act quickly and correctly. For example, in the case of diarrheal diseases, every hour counts.

This is exactly where the Futuro Farming team comes in. They have developed an automatic
system that monitors the calves around the clock and warns the farmer in the event of behavioral problems. The start-up relies on innovative technologies: a sensor, i.e. the measuring device that looks like a black box
is attached to the housing of the individual calves. This collects
data and recognizes the behavior of the animal, for example whether it lies, drinks, sleeps or plays. This data is evaluated by so-called neural networks
and made available to the farmer via an app. There, the
app then displays the animal’s risk of disease in a simple traffic light system.

“During product development, we not only looked at calves, but also worked intensively with farmers on a wide range of farms. It is most
important for us that the product provides them with a clear benefit and fits optimally into their demanding daily work,” says Alexander Zacharuk, one of Futuro Farming’s
Managing Directors. Thus, not only was the possibility integrated
that calves can be automatically registered and deregistered by the system,
but also on the ease of installation and durability. Just
one sensor can reliably monitor up to 36 calves in sequence.

After two years of development, the process was converted into a certified
product and has now been awarded the silver medal at the Innovation
Award at EuroTier, the world’s largest exhibition for animal husbandry. The system was able to convince
 the jury of experts of its innovative strength and usefulness.
It also received the Animal Welfare Award for increased animal welfare. Since 2018, this special award has been presented by the DLG together with the bpt (Federal Association of Practicing veterinarians). A great success, says Managing Director Jens Eckberg: “These awards honor us very much and are of course also a a nice sign for the team, which has invested a lot of heart and soul in the development.”

Interested farmers can now contact and order the system.

Contact for questions
Alexander Zacharuk
Founder and Managing Director
0172 7329412

www.futurofarming.com

Futuro Farming has developed an early warning system for calf diseases. Through a
sensor on the calf hutches, diseases can be predicted up to three days in advance.
Via an app, the farmer is thus informed about the health status of the animals at all times and can
can initiate treatment directly if necessary.