Getting the breeding period right is critical for the smooth running of a dairy business. Knowing when a cow is coming into season can give the farmer so many advantages. They can plan for the AI operator to come, the cow’s feed can be adjusted, an eye can be kept on her around the farm and critically, in the long run, calving intervals can be reduced to a minimum. On the other-hand, if a heat is missed it can throw the schedule for an animal completely out of sync, costing the farmer in both lost milk production and in the rearing of replacement heifers.
Dairymaster MooMonitor technology has been developed for the early detection and management of a heat and ensures every farmer has cutting edge technology on their side when it comes to the smooth and efficient management of the herd. MooMonitor takes the uncertainty out of breeding, quickly covering the investment costs leaving the farmer with a healthy herd and more money in the bank.
MooMonitor is like having a second pair of hands and eyes on the farm
To keep breeding on track, Grant Herbert invested in the Dairymaster MooMonitor system. Every cow in his herd now wears the blue collar, which sends data on each animal to a base station and then onto his phone. Grant compares it to like having a second person by his side checking every animal.
“Its really impressive. It has saved so much work, I have had such a good run out of it” says Grant delighted with his choice.
No More Missed Heats with MooMonitor
Now Grant can see from his phone when a cow has come into heat. He no longer needs to guess or assume from an animal’s behaviour that she may be ready, bringing certainty to the management of his farm. The MooMonitor will tell when an animal comes into heat. This is particularly useful as so many heats come on during the night or when the farmer is away from the herd. The danger of missed heats is almost gone and Grant sees this in the reduction of the gaps between calving.
“They are absolutely awesome! It shows you a lot of detailed information, it will text you the cows that are cycling, it will display it on the parlour controls, it will come through the voice on the speaker, it will draft the cows off.” says Grant, knowing that the cost of carrying a cow with a missed heat can really affect his profit margins.
MooMonitor+ Sets the Standards
As the MooMonitor system added so much to the easy management of his herd, Grant was able to take more time for himself. Now he tends to look more at his phone than an individual cow, as he knows that the data he’s reading gives him what he needs to know for accurate heat detection. That means a more profitable farm with less man hours and an easier workload – that’s an attractive prospect in any mans language. Using Dairymaster technology, there are less missed breeding times.
Grant comments, “Even when I see other people bringing other products out, I am always comparing them so I see what they are like but, because of the accelerometer in it, I can notice all movement and force of movement – it’s really accurate!