Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge 2018

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Serket - AI and computer vision for Livestock Health Management


We are a software company that helps farmers to monitor and trace their livestock individually and automatically. It uses a readily-available technology also used in other industries to solve the animal health and food safety concerns such as overuse of antibiotics, expensive hardware solutions & high mortality rate. Serket is named after the Egyptian goddess of nature, animals, medicine and magic. 

We are a close-knit group and we already participated together in the Philips Innovation Award. Serket won us the AI program in Amsterdam, personally took 2nd place for the Nutreco Agrivision Contest, and we finished the Startupbootcamp FoodTech incubation program. We also signed partners with the Wageningen University StartLife program, and plans are in motion to do the same with other universities. 

Describe the problem your company wishes to solve and how your product or service will solve it



The excessive use of antibiotics is directly connected with the occurrence of highly-resistant strains of bacteria responsible for seven hundred thousand human deaths/year. For example, because of the overuse of the antibiotic Colistin, the 2016 outbreak of Salmonella and Escherichia coli(E.coli), can be traced back to a pig farm in Great Britain. This is just one example of many that have a proven impact on human health. Despite this, however, the use of antibiotics is still widely used to treat full-group livestock problems.


Serket uses anomaly detection to identify the sick animal. Our recognition software solution that helps farmers to individually track their animals and analyze animal behavioral patterns to alarm farmers in case of health concerns. We are an affordable and simple software that can work on any standard camera. Instead of treating all the animals in case of a sickness with drugs and antibiotics. We could early detect the ailments and only focus on the animals individually that are needed the treatment.

Describe other business assistance that you are seeking from Nutreco

We work on a common goal which is to reduce the over-usage of antibiotics. Together, for instance, we can gain even shorter-term achievements in business and client development. We will take the challenge and deliver the counter solution. We have the business plan; all that is left is an execution, and we are ready for that in case we get a partner.

Moreover, it would help to keep the talented developer team together, which is passionate about agriculture. We are a Dutch company (B.V.) and I am personally not unfamiliar with the Nutreco Group.

Are you available to participate in the final event in the Netherlands 28, 29, and 30 May? All expenses will be covered by Nutreco


Describe how the prize - a validation trial in our facilities - could boost the development of your business


Our priority is to continue partnering up with the leaders of the industry and also to strengthen the cooperation, which we started locally. This testing will bring us the required knowledge (collect data) to conquer all the challenges, including the overuse of antibiotics or the animal welfare issues with the harmful ear tags. This partnership helps fulfill our mission and modernize the livestock health management!

If you already have a website for your business, please share the URL

Interested in Serket?

edited on Apr 20, 2018 by Kristof Nagy

teresa debesa 3 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Erika Giambattista 2 months ago

Great project I'm looking forward for further fields of application!

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Hans Hols 2 months ago

Your technology sounds interesting, here some questions from Nutreco-R&D : do you already have proof that it really works and provides relevant information. Do you wake up the farmer because a boar is hitting puberty? What is the correlation with relevant health issues data? You are not the only one in this field : What makes you stick out?

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Kristof Nagy 2 months ago

Hi Hans, I submitted the answers with the business case. Thanks!

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teresa debesa 2 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Marko Schuring 2 months ago

Hi Kristof,
Very interesting stuff you are developing. 2 questions; do you expect on a short notice that you have your app available on IOS environment as well and do you have any plans in developing this technology for the dairy industry as well?
Best regards, Marko Schuring

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Kristof Nagy 2 months ago

Hi Marko, IOS yes we are working on it. Second question, maybe together with your domain knowledge :). Best regards, Kristof

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teresa debesa 2 months ago

Status label added: Full business case submitted

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