Two ways activity monitoring can help find ketosis
If you own an activity monitoring system, you know the efficiencies you can gain on farm. Time, labor and decision making, to name a few. But, with any piece of technology, there are likely more uses and efficiencies to gain – ones that can help you maximize your return on investment. One area to advance efficiency in is ketosis detection.
“Ketosis monitoring is a natural next step in maximizing the capabilities of an activity monitoring system,” says Arnold Harbers, Nedap activity monitoring data analyst. “With activity monitoring, each cow can be monitored individually through the transition period and you can compare potential problem cows to the group, to learn if it’s a pen-wide management issue or a ketosis case. Farmers looking at this data have been able to successfully decrease ketosis for better ROI.”
The results of early detection and prompt treatment (prior to clinical signs) can quickly add up. Ketosis alone can cost a 1,000-cow dairy with a 30% ketosis rate about $87,000 a year. By lowering the ketosis rate by just 5%, the dairy could save $14,500 per year. *
Here’s how you can use your activity monitoring system to detect ketosis:
“A group or pen data pattern shows all cows are experiencing the same environment, nutrition and management,” says Harbers. “So, when data shows you a cow is off pace with the rest of the group, you can hone in on other factors, like disease, that can be specific to an individual.”
“If there’s one thing I’d recommend to farmers to get more from their activity monitoring systems – it would be to trust the alerts you receive and act on them,” says Harbers. “Alerts exist for a reason and are there to help you catch things that go unnoticed by the human eye. Catching a disease like ketosis early can help you capture additional ROI from your activity monitoring system.”Learn more about Nedap CowControl ›
* McArt, J. A. A., Nydam, D. V, & Overton, M. W. (2015 Hyperketonemia in early lactation dairy cattle: a deterministic estimate of component and total cost per case. Journal of Dairy Science, 98(3), 2043–54.