Blog Posts by Dairy FIT

Catherine McVey

What better way to celebrate being selected as finalists than a weekend-long data binge?

Fertility is the biggest risk to a cow's longevity in the producing herd, and accounts for roughly a quarter of all cullings. Here's a sneak peak into the results a weekend full of data crunching. Genetic estimates for conformation and milk producing ability on their own account for less than 5% of the variability in cow conception rate. A preliminary model that utilizes our facial metrics accounts for over 50% of the variability in the genetic estimate of cow fertility!

Think. Create. Ideate! / Published January 15, 2017 by Kaysie Jennings

Kaysie Jennings

Think. Create. Ideate!

It took a while for us to control the chaos of our ideate workflow. Ideas were bouncing off of every wall it seemed. We were finally able to focus everything down to the users of Dairy FIT and what we believed to be important aspects for each of them.

Free parking! Ideas welcome! / Published January 15, 2017 by Kaysie Jennings

Kaysie Jennings

Free parking! Ideas welcome!

Our vision of idea parking was relatively simple. We utilized whiteboard space and post-it notes to write down as many ideas as possible and categorize them somewhat based on the overall topic. These post-its could include a vague topic, a picture, a fun fact, or any thing else that the Dairy FIT crew found interesting or inspiring. The process of generating initial ideas allowed us to see how one another thought and use that information to collectively move forward as a team.

Plans for world domination... or world iteration / Published January 15, 2017 by Kaysie Jennings

Kaysie Jennings

Plans for world domination... or world iteration

Our plan for iteration has been thoroughly thought through and sketched out. Due to the nature of Dairy FIT, iteration should be relatively simple with cooperation from producers and industry groups. We plan to use several data sets that cover both conventional and organic farms from across the dairy to continually refine and introduce robustness into our algorithms. Further down the line, we hope to explore implementation of machine learning techniques to continuously tweak our algorithms based on data uploaded to our cloud.

Helping Dairy FIT perform to its full potential / Published January 15, 2017 by Kaysie Jennings

Kaysie Jennings

Helping Dairy FIT perform to its full potential

Here's one last glimpse into our design lab! Looking around the indoor Dairy FIT design lab, there are a number of features, but the most popular feature in the design lab is most likely our tea kettle, "Old Faithful." Coincidentally, "Old Faithful" is also the hardest worker in the design lab, keeping the Dairy FIT crew motivated and well-caffeinated throughout the project!

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