“Nedap CowControl is the cream on the cake”
About the farm
- 370 dairy cows
- Synchronization program
- 80% of cows calve in spring time
Earlier intervention with illness
In addition to heat detection, McKillop also makes full use of health monitoring. “The big advantage of monitoring with the SmartTags is that you gain insight into the eating, rumination and activity pattern. If you see a decrease in feed intake or an increase in inactivity, this could indicate an infection or illness in the cow. So being able to get those alerts on your phone and being able to check those cows, morning or night, it gives you a headstart and trying to improve their health. The result is that cure rates from mastitis are vastly improved and that we’ll now be clearing cows up almost twice as quickly as we have in the past.”
Investing in technology helps companies move forward. But that investment must ultimately pay off. Scott estimates the payback time of the Nedap CowControl system at approximately three years. Thanks to CowControl, he has managed to organize the labor at this single person operation in a smarter way and getting more cows in calf. “It’s difficult to put a value on the health of the animals, but I would say the payback time is comfortably within three years”, says Scott. “We can’t imagine not having the system right now. It’s part of our everyday management on the farm. It helps take a lot of guesswork out of what you’re doing. It’s really the cream on the cake. Or rather: the cream on top of the milk”, he concludes with a laugh.
Scott’s farm is equipped with Alta COW WATCH powered by Nedap technology. To learn more about Alta COW WATCH and to contact your local dealer, go to the Alta website:Find your solution ›
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