“I wouldn’t want to go back to the days without it”
Bridport, Dorset, United Kingdom
About the farm
- 750 dairy cows
- 80 years of family partnership
- Cows are housed year-round
- Cows calf year-round
In addition to heat detection, the SmartTags also register the cows’ eating behavior, rumination behavior and inactivity. These parameters are converted into a health report. Arthur has therefore developed a new daily routine. “Every morning I have a look at the heat activity so that I know which cows to inseminate and I also check the health attentions”, he confirms. “I then look up all the cows on the attention list. The best health benefit that Nedap CowControl offers is the speed with which it picks out the sick cows. The system detects a cow with Mastitis before her udder hardens or the milk changes color. And E. coli cows are already on the attention list before the watery manure stage. This has really improved the health status on our farm, while using much less antibiotics.”
Quick return on investment
“The payback time of the Nedap CowControl system is approximately ten months for us, purely based on the improved reproduction results”, Arthur has calculated. “Excluding all health benefits and the enormous savings on antibiotic and hormone use. I wouldn’t want to go back to the days when I didn’t have these SmartTags ”, he emphasizes his story.
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