Richard Wood appointed Silent Herdsman chairman

Silent Herdsman, the developers of a market leading heat detection and animal behaviour monitoring system for the dairy and beef farming sectors, has announced the appointment of its new chairman, Richard Wood. He succeeds Jack Perry, who will remain a non-executive director of the company.

Mr Wood brings a wealth of experience in the livestock sector of agricultural markets worldwide, having been CEO of Genus (the world leading animal breeding company) for 17 years, and a former chairman of Innovis Ltd, the UK’s leading sheep breeder.

Currently Mr Wood is a director of Avon Rubber plc, the provider of Milkrite liners for the milking machines used on dairy farms, and chairman of Atlantic Healthcare Ltd, a supplier of new drugs for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Mr Wood commented: “I am excited by the innovative cloud-based technology Silent Herdsman has developed for monitoring animal behaviour and am keen to help bring it to the market. The accuracy and effectiveness of their heat detection technology is well established.

“We look forward to farmers gaining benefit from the new product developments that are close to market and those that will be introduced during the next six months.”

Silent Herdsman Limited (formerly Embedded Technology Solutions Limited) has developed and sells an integrated hardware and software based ‘precision farming’ decision-support platform for herd management in the dairy and beef farming sectors. The decision support software tool for the agricultural market was launched in the UK in 2010.

This initiative was a result of years of extensive research and development and an output of the ITI program owned by Scottish Enterprise totalling £5 million from 2006-2009, delivering a condition-based monitoring program for livestock cattle.

The University of Strathclyde spin out commercialised the technology via Embedded Technology Solutions Limited. Silent Herdsman has already enjoyed much success in its key markets, with widespread adoption and market uptake by hundreds of farmers in the UK & Europe, with tens of thousands of collars already in use.