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How to Identify Cow Health and Herd Performance Issues Before They Become Problems

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Supervising each animal is becoming extremely difficult as the farm-scale rises with every passing day. Individual cow focus becomes more difficult when herd supervisors and farmworkers are overworked.

You may well be lacking in the area of vital cow medical condition maintenance on your farm if you are unable to supervise your cows 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Activity Trackers Have an Unknown but Indisputable Return on Investment

Activity displays are well-known for detecting intense heat 24 hours a day and identifying the best time to impregnate bred cows. As a result, heat detection is more exhaustive, and labour can be used elsewhere. Optimized conception rates, lower breeding costs, and smaller open periods all contribute to a positive return on investment. However, today’s most intelligent versions have a lot more to offer than that.

Personal cows and groups are closely monitored for eating activity, procrastination patterns, and inactive behaviour using Cow Control procedures. The system uses this information to deliver valuable intelligence to your fingertips, allowing you to ascertain your health, well-being, and nutritional status, as well as recognize bottlenecks. This offers the opportunity to enhance cow health and longevity while also saving money and increasing herd efficiency. Learn how your dairy operation can quickly recoup its investment in automated cow health and herd quality control.

Stay One Step Ahead of the Disease – Maintain the Health and Productivity of Your Cows

Could you be overlooking cases of ketosis, subclinical mastitis, displaced abomasum, grumpiness, or other diseases that affect cows? Diseases aren’t patient. You shouldn’t be either. Modern systems, such as Cow Control, can help you detect health issues rapidly.

Diseases aren’t gentle. You shouldn’t either. Modern systems, such as Cow Control procedures, can allow you to identify health problems days before their symptoms become visible to the naked eye. Early detection and treatment of potentially sick cows save time, money, and milk production because the cows heal better and revert to exceed milk production.

What about the financial side of things? Infection is one of the most infectious and expensive diseases that dairy farms face. A situation of fresh cow’s outcomes in an estimated margin of $444. (408 euros). Abomasums that have been relocated can cost as much as $600 (551 euros). On average, an issue of ketosis costs $289. (266 euros).

Total Chewing Time is Taken into Account

The use of activity displays does not allow for the identification of specific diseases. They do, however, alert you to which cows require attention and provide you with extra information to identify their condition. Cow Control controls eating activity, rumination trends, and inactive behaviour when the cow is not eating or ruminating to get the most complete and accurate information.

Cows must eat and ruminate for a good amount of time. The total chewing time (including eating and ruminating) is what matters. A decrease in procrastination time does not always indicate an issue.  It could merely be the result of a dietary change.

When particularly in comparison to silage, pasture connect leads to a significant change in munching and rumination time. The overall chewing time, on the other hand, stays unchanged. When the total chewing time decreases, your cows have a problem.

And it’s for this reason that alerts in Cow Control procedures are focused on the cow’s inactivity. Easy-to-understand reports provide more information about her current and previous behaviour, allowing farm staff to make informed decisions.

These reports can help evaluate post-treatment healing even after the action has been taken. Cows that do not start to recover levels during recovery may require an additional clinical examination to prevent more massive issues.

Make the Most Out of Your Fresh and Dry Cows

The attention given to dry and fresh cows is frequently insufficient. These groups aren’t checked on a regular basis in the milking parlor, and there are few tools available to monitor them without requiring additional labor consistently.

You can recognize which cows require extra attention during this perilous transitional phase by constantly watching their behaviour around shearing. Because of environmental changes, feed, and their energy and level of stress, they are more susceptible to infection during this time. In addition, properly dry and fresh cow management helps in the improvement of a good startup after calving and leads to high production and reproductive afterwards in their lives.

It’s critical to get enough and consistent feed pre and post-calving. They lead a strong energy balance and situation that allows milk production to begin rapidly and continue at a high level. You can tell if the feeding of specific cows is on track or off the record by constantly watching eating activity during this time period. Falls in rumination trends and highs in inactive behavior could indicate rumen health problems, such as ketosis, acidosis, displaced abomasum, and milk fever.

As a result, it’s no surprise that many farmers are successfully incorporating sensor data into their dry and fresh cow procedures.

To make the best decisions, you need to understand your herd’s future performance.

Cow Control procedures also keep track of behaviour r in the pens and herds. If a pet exhibits unusual behaviour, which suggests that something is affecting its performance, an alert is produced. Pen and herd insights can also assist you in identifying areas of management that require improvement and providing feedback on the impact of management changes. Consider the following areas or shifts: nutrition, housing, handling, and employee productivity. A few descriptions that may adhere to your dairy: if a group of cows’ chewing time decreases, it could signify that their ratio is unbalanced.

About Folio3 AgTech Practice

Folio3 is a Silicon Valley based Digital Transformation partner for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies with a special focus on digitization of Agriculture, Production and Companion Animal industry. Having worked with some of the world’s leading animal health companies, cattle associations, cow-calf operators, cattle feeders, beef processors and beef marketing companies, we have the design and development expertise required to help you digitize your manual procedures and practices, whether you’re a farm or a ranch owner, veterinarian, feedlot manager, nutritionist, or processing plant owner, we have got you covered.

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