Operational Group

Kuvaa Nautaa – Lämpökuvaus nautojen hoidon tukena [Thermal Imaging of Cattle] project

Operational Group

Kuvaa Nautaa – Lämpökuvaus nautojen hoidon tukena [Thermal Imaging of Cattle] project

Start Date: 08 January 2018

End Date: 31 December 2020

Location: Iisalmi, Finland

Background:

Thermal imaging cameras can be used to detect various common health issues of cattle. Thermal imaging can reveal infection in its early stages even before more visible symptoms are developed. Early detection makes early treatment possible, which means healthier cows and less money spent. However, the use of this technology is limited by the lack of practice-oriented information.

Objectives:

The objective of Kuvaa Nautaa project is to develop a comprehensive information package on the use of infrared thermography in cattle health care. These practical instructions are designed for farmers as well as for veterinarians, hoof trimmers, agricultural experts and other stakeholders.

Method:

  • Kuvaa Nautaa project is carried out in close cooperation with farmers and other stakeholders
  • Thermal cameras are first tested in experimental farms and then farmers test thermal imaging in their everyday work
  • Instructions are based on the practical needs and feedback received from farmers and they include:
    • Recommended equipment
    • Information about how and when thermal imaging can be used
    • Interpretation of thermal images
  • Farmers test and improve the instructions
  • Our recommendations and findings are published in our website

Partners:

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Website:
kuna.savonia.fi

Coordinator name and contact::
Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Salla Ruuska

Number of farms:
Six farms

Funding Organisations:
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Deveolopment, Europe investing in rural areas, European Innovation Partnership (EIP) funding