"The work is now done much more quickly. We have been waiting for this for years."
Klaas Ane Jellema
Gärds Köpinge, Sweden
About the farm
- 400 dairy cows, over 330 are being milked by 5 robots
- 250 youngstock
- 120 dry cows and pregnant yearlings
- 200 hectares of land
- 3 full time employees
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Nedap COWcontrol™ saves time every day
Since 2013, Klaas Ane Jellema has using six robotic milkers for his herd of 400 cows on his farm in Sweden. The milking went smoothly from the start, but heat detection and tracking down cows became more and more of a stumbling block for Klaas Ane and his three employees.
“Nedap COWcontrol™ with Heat Detection, Cow Positioning and Health Monitoring save me a great deal of time each day as the work can be done much more efficiently.”
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A feeding station that's capable of milking
In 2006, Jellema (47), his wife Jacomien (46) and their four children moved to Sweden. Their farm with 60 cows in Friesland offered too few prospects. In Gärds Köpinge they found a farm with 120 cows and sufficient development potential. Just one year later, they were milking 180 cows using 3 Lely robots. The next step came in 2013 when they started using a new barn for 380 cows, featuring six robots.
Jellema had the new dairy barn built fully in line with his own insights. The dairy farmer wanted the robots to be fully accessible, so that the hierarchy would have little to no influence on accessing the robots. “I always say that a robot is actually a feeding station that is also capable of milking. Your approach will completely change once you have made that mental shift,” Jellema says. “Think about how you want feeding stations to be distributed throughout the barn so each animal in the herd has easy access to them.
"Combination of Heat Detection, Health Monitoring and Cow Positioning was the right option."
For a little while, Jellema looked for a worker with specific expertise in breeding and fertility, but he was unable to find a candidate. This made him decide to switch to a heat detection system. Since cow recognition in the Lely system is based on Nedap technology, Nedap Heat Detection was a seamless fit.
“It provided us with the right option straightaway,” the dairy farmer explains. “All the more so because it is possible to combine Heat Detection with Health Monitoring and Cow Positioning. It made for a very easy decision. It is useful to be able to add eating and rumination monitoring as an option alongside heat detection, as it provides a good indicator as to whether a cow is about to become ill.”
The dairy farmer’s experience of using Nedap technology had already been positive to boot. “I know their technology is reliable. It always works.” At the start of 2016, the cows were given the Smarttag Neck collars, and the system was up and running in no time. “That was a huge relief,” reflects the dairy farmer. “Our results improved straightaway.” The system identifies cows in heat without fail. The T4C-Inherd program by Lely shows him which cows need attention, and the Cow Locator (Cow Positioning) allows them to be located quickly in the barn. According to Jellema, they really had been waiting for such a search system for years.Nedap Cow Positioning
Eating and rumination monitoring
The Nedap Health Monitoring option, which records feed intake and cow activity, is also linked with T4C Inherd. He keeps a close eye on cows that are flagged up for attention because they have started to eat or ruminate less. Sometimes, they recover by themselves. However, he will act quickly if the times continue to decrease. “We now have a much clearer picture of the animals’ health,” Jellema says. “We are able to act much faster if a cow becomes ill, and we then often see an improvement after just a day or two.” The dairy farmer explains that this helps to reduce veterinary costs.
Again, Cow Positioning comes in handy. “Unfortunately, you tend to postpone things if it is going to take 10 minutes to find a sick cow. Or you might forget completely, and, in some cases, it will simply be too late,” Jellema says. “Now I know which cows need extra attention and where they are before I have even set foot in the barn.”
The combination of Heat Detection, Health Monitoring and Cow Positioning in particular save Jellema and his workers a lot of time day after day. Jellema reckons this is the single biggest advantage of the system. “The work can be done more quickly, and I am able to plan my day much more efficiently. I check the app twice a day and I then know exactly what to do.Nedap COWcontrol™
"I would not want to use anything else now"
Jellema is extremely satisfied with the system. Together with the Lely milking robot, which measures milk production and conductivity, the system provides a complete picture with many indicators. The data is presented in a clear overview at the start of the day and the staff can get to work straightaway.
“I would not want to use anything else now,” says Jellema with a smile. His plan is to also start using Nedap COWcontrol™ with Heat Detection for young livestock in the near future. “We have grown at a fast pace in recent years,” Jellema says. “Now that things are working well with the dairy cattle, we also want to perfect other parts of the business.”
Your farm is unique
Jellema dairy farm
Klaas Ane Jellema runs a dairy farm in Sweden with 400 cattle and of these, over 330 are being milked. In addition, he has 250 young cattle. Youngsock are kept in a deep litter barn until they are 18 months old. A third shed houses 120 dry cows and pregnant yearlings. The business also has 200 hectares of land. The full workload is covered by Klaas Ane and three full-time all-round staff.