Six Companies Compete in AgLaunch Livestock Challenge

Cindy Zimmerman

AgLaunch is hosting six livestock agtech start-ups this week solving on-farm issues for the 2022 AgLaunch365 Livestock Challenge to select up to five teams that will move forward in the AgLaunch365 Accelerator that include on-farm trials with AgLaunch Farmer Network members.

Selected teams will participate in a 12-week accelerator with opportunities to showcase at the Farm Journal Top Producer Summit in Nashville, TN and the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, TN. They will also be able to deploy on-farm trials with AgLaunch farmers. During these trials, AgLaunch Farmers work hand-in-hand with start-ups to trial, provide feedback, share data, and ultimately aid in the success of the company.

One of the teams participating is AgButler, a digital marketplace, bringing the gig economy to agriculture by connecting farmers and ranchers with high-quality laborers in rural communities through its online application. AgButler is addressing the growing labor challenges across rural America and was developed by Kevin and Jamie Johansen, and the team now includes Kevin’s brother Dustin Johansen.

Other teams in the Livestock Challenge:
ECOW: helps dairy farmers increase milk yield, profitability and decrease methane emissions by using insights and an internal sensor.
GenoTwin: revolutionizing biosurveillance and sustainability for livestock with advanced omics insights into infectious diseases.
Motion Grazer AI: developing an inexpensive and effective method to use camera, computer and proprietary algorithms to quantitatively evaluate animal gait, posture and condition. With an initial focus on breeding swine, real-time health data and productivity predictions for individual animals is provided.
ReproHealth Technologies: uses Embryology and Engineering to create devices to improve cattle production. Our patented intravaginal embryo culture device creates embryos in the cow, rather than the lab, and brings the ‘Lab to the Farm.’
Tracker Sled: developed patent-pending SunFarmor™ modules to stabilize farmers’ and ranchers’ energy and fertilizer costs while affording a path to carbon-free farming, increased profits, and rural economic renewal.

Livestock, Technology