Efficient rotary herd management

Efficient rotary herd management means having the right tools and processes in place and combining them to ensure your cows have a healthy and productive life.

Collect the right information effectively

Best-in-class milk meters and cow identification ensure key information, such as conductivity, milk flow and udder health, is instantly relayed to your farm management system and forwarded to you wherever you, on or off the farm. This information is vital in safeguarding animal health, fertility and milk quality. With this information at hand, you can decide the best course of action to take or receive an automatic prompt from the system recommending an action. 

Farm management as it should be

DeLaval Farm Management software connects the different areas of your milking operations to deliver a better farm management overview. Once connected the system records and collates information that can be used to create tailored reports on health, productivity, reproduction, performance and milking routines. Everything you need to know, right at your fingertips. With this information your operations can be fine-tuned to enhance productivity.  

Get an active fertility indicator

The behaviour of a cow is an important indicator of how she feels. With a dynamic activity meter system, individual cow’s movements are tracked throughout the barn and analysed. If a cow enters heat you will be notified via your farm management system and prompted to prepare for insemination. The system also monitors cows for reduced activity, which may be caused by ill health, and prompt you to take action.

Proactive healthcare: real-time health advisory unit

If you know the somatic cell count of a cow, you know its health status. DeLaval’s hand held automatic somatic cell counter provides an accurate reading of a cow’s milk, so you can detect signs of mastitis and udder health issues at an early stage. Doing this on a regular basis will reduce all the usual vet costs, antibiotic use, the risk of mastitis spreading amongst your herd and potential losses in milk production. 

Keep teats clean and healthy and cut labour requirements

Sterilising teats is an important health and hygiene process in milking. It helps safeguard both cow health and milk quality when done effectively - but it can also be labour-intensive. Automating this process with a teat spray robot ensures that teats are sprayed properly for optimal protection with exactly the right amount of teat spray every time. This reduces the amount of spray used and dramatically reduces labour requirements. 

Minimise the risk of ill health spreading amongst the herd

If a cow falls ill the last thing you want is for the rest of the herd to be infected. Treating and cleaning cows’ hooves regularly as they exit the rotary can minimise the risk of hoof infections. Doing this thoroughly will reduce vet costs.

Feeding – the key to improved productivity and reduced costs

An advanced feed management programme can make all the difference on your farm. You can reduce feed costs, while increasing productivity and milk quality. However, carrying out all the tasks that need doing requires considerable resources. With a complete rotary feeding system you can automate the different parts of the feeding process – recipe, production, mixing and delivery – to dispense feed and concentrates at different positions around the barn.

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