Press Release - Fredericton, New Brunswick – August 25, 2017
SomaDetect, a leading artificial intelligence and computer vision dairy company announced today that the company is unveiling new developments in its technology. The company has developed new methods to detect the presence of progesterone, protein, fat, trace antibiotics and somatic cell counts in raw milk without the need for reagents or consumables. These new developments will allow farmers to monitor the reproductive status and health of their herd, and manage illness while producing the highest quality milk for consumers.
SomaDetect began with detection of somatic cell counts and fat content in raw milk. The company has been able to advance their technology to detect additional milk properties, including detection of protein, progesterone, and trace antibiotics. These quality indicators can be used to diagnose sub-clinical and clinical cases of mastitis and ketosis, two major diseases for dairy cows, track milk quality, and manage reproduction.
“This goes far beyond what we believed was possible with this technology. We began testing these experimentally, and were shocked by how rapidly we were able to have very strong results. Our development provides reassurance to farmers that when issues arise, they will know about it. The development reduces the penalty to dairy farmers and acts as part of their on-farm quality assurance program.” says SomaDetect CEO, Bethany Deshpande.
These new developments position SomaDetect to be a market leader in the dairy technology industry, providing a total dairy herd management package in a single piece of equipment. Detecting the presence of progesterone in milk will allow SomaDetect to provide dairy farmers with accurate information on when a cow is in heat and the optimum time to inseminate the animal. Currently, in North America, approximately two-thirds of the heats are undetected on dairy farms. The presence of antibiotics in milk is also a significant concern for dairy farmers, as there are stiff penalties for producing milk with antibiotic residue. Being able to catch any issues prior to entering bulk milk supplies represents a major benefit to dairy farmers, providing significant peace of mind and guaranteeing farmers would not have to pay the stiff penalties if the milk was brought to the processing plant.
“SomaDetect has created something for dairy farmers that I can easily use without having to spend money on big, expensive equipment or pay to have each of my cows tested every month. With SomaDetect, I have more accurate information at a lower costs that provides feedback in real-time when critical decisions need to be made. Without question, when SomaDetect is on the market, I’ll buy it and show other producers the benefits of real-time information.” - J.-W. Dykstra, Dairy Farmer, Canada.
This development represents a major innovation for the global dairy industry. The company began piloting this technology on farms in New Brunswick, Canada, and is now seeking investors and strategic partners for commercial development.
SomaDetect provides real-time, automated analysis of milk quality without any reagents or consumables. The company measures every compound of interest in raw milk, enabling farmers to identify issues early, manage reproduction, reduce unnecessary antibiotic usage, and ensure that only the highest-quality milk makes it into bulk milk supplies. SomaDetect provides dairy farmers with information about herd health and milk quality, where and when they need it most. Learn more at www.somadetect.com
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Ryan Cobb, Media Relations
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