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The Need - Automatic tools for reducing labor
On dairy farms, increasing herd size, industrialization and mass production has led to a shortage in trained and professional personnel.
Managing a dairy farm involves daily tasks and procedures that demand great skill and precision. For example, identifying cows that need attention, approaching and treating these animals and reporting treatment events are all labor-intensive tasks.
Recruiting and training new personnel has thus become a major challenge for dairy farms today.
While striving for maximal milk production, farmers encounter obstacles and losses, and a manpower shortage can seriously affect profitability. Maintaining a consistent, intensive, highly skilled operation may impact the entire costs vs. damages equation.
Procedures for increasing accuracy and reducing dependency on personnel:
- Detection – automated monitoring systems provide information that enables correct and timely decision-making
- Implementation – automatic drafting of animals for treatment indicates cows requiring care, saving labor
- Reporting – mobile devices that run farm applications allow herdsmen to report events on the go
Afimilk's sorting, treating and reporting solutions:
AfiFarm – integrates input from automatic sensors, a comprehensive cow data base and automated operation devices.
Afimilk Silent Herdsman (neck based sensors) and AfiAct II (leg based sensors) –
Operating 24/7, these automated cow monitoring and heat detection systems will become the most effective worker on the farm. Statistics show that using both Silent Herdsman and AfiAct's high performance heat detection is the equivalent of four hours of manual trained work a day for every 100 cows.
AfiSort – This computerized sort gate manages cow traffic and directs specific animals to treatment yards or chutes; sends animals for treatment without operator intervention.
Labor saving estimations for a 500-cow herd:
- Heat detection – Two dedicated personnel are needed year-round to achieve detection rates as high as 70-80% .
- Cow selection – Two partial working days – one for identifying cows for treatment, the other for gathering the animals for treatment.