Individual Animal
Data-driven Management
In Large Herd Settings.

The Problem

Despite impressive advancements in milking equipment, slaughter processing and even bovine genetics, cattle health, nutrition and well-being management remains very similar to how it was done decades ago - relying heavily on INFREQUENT, SUBJECTIVE ANIMAL OBSERVATION.


Sadly for us, (and for the animals), relying on visual observation is highly inefficient.


In the U.S., 8% of all producing dairy cows die unexpectedly, while almost 50% get some sort of expensive, clinical illness each year.


On feedlots, steers stay for only 3 – 6 months and 3% die unexpectedly and over 20% get sick.

Why A Change Now

A better, more productive approach to animal health, nutrition and well-being management needs to happen. Vital Herd™ is making it happen.


Food demand is poised to increase 2x globally by 2050. Due to limited land, 70% of this doubling must come from existing farms.  As a result, productivity on today’s dairy and beef farms must improve significantly.


Dairy and beef producers have relied on antibiotics as a growth promoter and a primary tool in addressing illness, but regulatory and consumer pressures are restricting its use more and more.  Producers are in need of a better, non-drug, productivity solution.


Using visual observation and drugs to manage animal health and nutrition is highly inefficient. It only I.D.’s animals once they exhibit physical symptoms and are very sick and likely contagious. This puts the entire herd at risk and the resulting economic losses are staggering.

The VitalHerd™ Solution


About Our Team

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    Brian Walsh

    CEO & Founder

    About Brian Walsh

    Walsh loves working to make innovations come to life.  Originally ‘hooked’ on cleantech, Walsh made his first mark in Washington D.C. where he worked with the emerging hydrogen and fuel cell industries and policy makers to address market barriers.  Walsh then became a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley at the leading cleantech VC fund. Ultimately, Walsh wanted to ‘be the entrepreneur’ and grew tired of all of the ‘me too’ startups in Silicon Valley, while also becoming very passionate about the agricultural sector and its massive inefficiencies.

    Walsh has a B.S. in Physics from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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    Craig Carder

    Development Partner

    About Craig Carder

    Carder is a highly experienced, highly entrepreneurial innovation development partner.  Primarily focused on implantable medical devices for humans, Carder has a proprietary network of software engineers, telemetry engineers and printed circuit board (PCB) design and manufacturing talent.  He is very good, quick and very startup-friendly, unlike many of the big companies.

    Carder has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Army Of Contractors

    Experts In Many Different Disciplines

    About Army Of Contractors

    The Vital Herd™  solution is simple and effective to use, but very complicated and ‘high tech’ on the inside.  To make it a reality, Vital Herd™  has recruited, quite literally, a small army of experts from many different fields, which the animal management sector has never used before.

Modernizing dairy & beef production through continuous, autonomous and individual animal monitoring.

In the News

Connected cattle: how health trackers could change the beef industry                                                          7

The Quantified Cow: Wearables Will Monitor Animals As Closely As Humans                                                            7

Connected cows, cars and crockery prod chip mega mergers                                                                                            6

MITTechReview2Food Technology for All                                                          5

The Most Exciting And Ridiculous New “Smart” Products On The Rise                                                                                5

The Connected Cow, Contextual Awareness, and the IoT                                                                                         1

austinbizjournalMilking the Internet of Things: Austin company will connect your cows                                                       

Wireless individual animal health monitoring now available                                                                       

US start-up aims to bring Big Data to the cattle industry                                                                                                        



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