Vancouver Island farmer milks tech skills to combat dairy industry scourge
EIO Diagnostics tests early detection tool for costly udder infections in cows and goats
CBC News - British Columbia
January 6, 2018
Ten years ago, Cory Spencer made a career shift from coding to milking.
He left his job as a software developer for a pastoral life of raising goats and making cheese in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
But the past has a way of coming back to us, and last spring Spencer turned to his tech skills after one of his 100-goat herd came down with an udder infection.
"By the time I'd detected it, I treated for it but the animal suffered irreparable damage," he told On the Island host Gregor Craigie.
Mastitis — an common udder infection — is estimated to cost the global dairy industry billions of dollars every year.
Most large dairy operations use robotic milkers that take small samples during the milking process to test for signs of infection in the udder.
Spencer said the robotic systems are out of reach for smaller farms like the one that he co-owns, along with The Happy Goat Cheese Company, with his wife Kirsten Thorarinson.
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