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Farming in the 21st century is changing dramatically. With strict standards to maintain, traceability to guarantee and targets to hit, farmers are spending more and more time in front of computer screens. We visit a dairy farm where repetitive tasks, including milking and cleaning, are now carried out by robots. Detailed information about each cow is fed directly from the milking robot and from an activity meter around the cow's neck to the computer.
First broadcast:
8 October 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to prompt classroom discussion and answer the following questions: How is IT changing the way people work on a farm? Why does IT play such an important role in farmers' lives? Have you any understanding or experience of using any of the software mentioned in the programme? Would this be an industry you might be interested to work in? If you wanted to work with animals, what other jobs might require IT skills?