Several farmers throughout Spain are installing livestock monitoring and geolocation devices on their animals these days. They are doing so thanks to the GELOB project, coordinated by the Union of Small Farmers and Livestock (UPA). The goal: to improve animal handling and avoid wolf attacks.
The devices or “digital cowbells” are developed by Digitanimal, a 100% Spanish startup that is contributing the technology to develop this pilot project from which its partners are already drawing “important conclusions”. One of the most obvious is that innovation and digitization have a lot to contribute to animal management, especially in the case of extensive livestock farming.
The GELOB project is an operational group financed within the framework of the National Program for Rural Development 2014-2020 by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development-EAFRD and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, whose partners are UPA, the FIEB Foundation, Digitanimal , the Rey Juan Carlos University and the company Consultores en Biología de la Conservación, and has the collaboration of the General Directorate of the Natural Environment of the Ministry of Development and Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León, WWF and the Foundation FSP Biodiversity