Monitor Your Herds Behaviour Through Video Technology.

29 Jul 2016
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Have you ever thought about your cows giving their opinion on your dairy unit? How they would actually prefer it to be in order to be less stressed and more productive.

Wilson Agri. Ltd has a service that gives dairy farmers a bird’s eye view of their building and how it is performing by setting up a temporary video recording device in your barn. This enables you to:

i. Monitor resting time.

ii. How quickly they enter the cubicles and lie down

iii. Visually score resting position

iv. See if passages are overcrowded or empty

v. See if there is adequate feed space and drinking space

vi. See bottle necks in cow traffic

vii. Removes the guesswork

It records several hours of behaviour before taking it away. This is then watched and analysed for resting time, how cows enter and exit the cubicles, how easy the can access feed and water plus check the stocking density in the building and assesses of feed barrier and water drinker space is adequate too.

The service has been useful on dairy farms already where dairymen can see potential for improvement. Also where improvements have been made before and after analysis shows, whether the changes were worthwhile or not.

Andrew Wilson commented “at Wilson Agri. Ltd we put the farmer in control of his herds behaviour”, where things aren’t working the camera simply doesn’t lie and it is incredible the things which become clear when watching it, we have seen new units not performing as expected and gave solutions.

It’s currently a free service which gives more information than facts and figures on a page, the video records everything so you can view everything that is an obstacle to natural behaviour.

Wilson Agri. Ltd is building an archive of these videos as a source of information so when you are considering to renovate or plan a new building, you can view a lots of the pros and cons of various ideas and systems without just taking someone’s word for it.

Often clients have made improvements which have lifted yields by 2litres/cow/day, reduced lameness, increased dry matter intake and reduced mastitis.

 

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