How-Technology-Is-Changing-the-Indian-Dairy-Industry-That-We-Must-Know.

Technology and the evolving IT industry is constantly changing lives of the people around the
globe, almost every business has witnessed the impact of technology advancing by the day, and
one of the most positively impacted industry in the world is the Indian dairy industry, which
supposedly is the world’s largest milk producer with a stake 25% in the world milk production.
The strike of the new tech evolution has been eminently significant in easing the functioning of

This industry in many ways, a few of them are as follows: –

Robotic Milking Machines
Traditionally so far, cows have always been milked manually by hands. But this method
inevitably is time-consuming, in addition to it, the labour cost associated with it is relatively high
thus contributing to higher milk prices. Robotic milking machines are enabling farmers to
significantly eliminate the pressure on physical labour, maintain a super hygienic untouched
milking process, milk the cows any time of the day instead of following a fixed schedule and
improve the overall milk production.

The latest updated robotic milking machines have an amazing technology that involves the usage
of arms or cups with sensors that can be attached individually to cows’ teats. The sensors can
detect whether the cow or which of its teats is ready for milking or not. As the milking process
begins, the machines will detect impurities, colour, and milk consistency. If the milk is not fit for
human consumption, it is simply diverted to a separate container. The machines are designed in a
way that they also automatically clean and sanitize the teats once the task is over.

Milk Freshness
Milk is an eminently perishable product. It has a propensity to go stale while being handled with
pasteurization, freezing, and preservation methods. Millions of tons of milk get wasted every day
just because they were not consumed timely. Constant efforts are being made now to increase the
shelf life of milk without adding any preservatives and artificial material.
Advanced technology updates now made it possible for the freshness of milk to be detected and
contributed to longer shelf life.

According to the reports, U.S. scientists have developed a new pasteurization technique that
extends the shelf life of fresh milk from 13 to 40 days while maintaining its flavour and nutritional
value. Scientists from IIT Guwahati have created a smartphone-app aided paper sensor package
that can determine the freshness of milk and how well it has been pasteurized.

Feed Management
How the cattle have to be fed depends entirely on the weather and their health. Cattle need more
glucose in their feed when the weather is hot and humid. To maintain optimum milk production
throughout the year, a variety of feed technologies produce formulated feed additives,
supplements, premixes, and base mixes. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), for
example, has developed bypass protein technology to create specially treated protein
supplements that can be fed to cattle to boost milk yield and quality.

There are also automated feed tracking systems that can assist farmers in detecting feed quality,
managing feed inventory, and determining the feeding patterns of their cattle. Indeed, feed
monitoring solutions will assist in the development of a personalized diet for each cow based on
an evaluation of their body weight, milk content, and yield, improving fertility and productivity
per cow.

Ecommerce Marketplaces
Quite a few B2B online marketplaces have been launched in India to provide the farmers and
dairy producers with modern equipment and advisory services right at their fingertips through
their smartphones. Many B2C platforms are also constantly emerging at a rapid pace. they are
making their place in the market by providing services like collecting fresh produce from farms
and delivering them at the doorstep of retail customers, hotels, restaurants, and other potential
areas.

Supply Chain Technology
Due to its reliance on a variety of factors such as storage temperature, cold chain availability,
weather, perishability/shelf life, first and last-mile distance, packaging, and so on, the Indian
dairy industry supply chain is very complex. The supply chain problems are exacerbated by the
fact that the Indian dairy industry is unorganized and fragmented.

However, technological advancement is at a constant pace of growth.
Cold chain technology is expected to advance in leaps and bounds under the supply chain. Cold
chain warehouses, cold boxes, Phase Changing Material (PCM) mats, temperature-controlled
cold chain packaging, refrigerated trucks, cold chain pallet shippers, and other advanced cooling
technologies will all become more energy-efficient and cost-effective in the coming years, easing
the complex supply chain of India to a greater extent.

Things are constantly evolving, and the IT sector is one of the main contributors to this change,
keeping up with the latest trends is an utmost requirement for the survival of the businesses in
every sector.