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Fitbit-like technology helps Iowa State researcher improve dairy cow nutrition

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Wearable technologies that fit on your wrist and keep track of various health metrics have caught on among the human population, but researchers like Hugo Ramirez, an assistant professor of animal science at Iowa State University, use similar devices to keep track of the health of cows at the Iowa State Dairy Farm. The data gathered by the devices informs Ramirez’s research in dairy nutrition, helping him to develop new approaches to diet that allow dairy producers to take better care of their animals and improve their bottom lines.