Valuable reports and knowledge of dairy herd behavior

Nedap CowControl delivers reports showing trends and insights on the behavior of groups or your entire dairy herd. Chart the herd’s patterns to see how external factors and your management strategies influence the behavior of your groups and herd. Get group alerts when possible risks affect a group’s performance. Measure and evaluate the impact of (changed) feeding strategies, housing conditions and milking procedures on your herd’s performance so you can continuously strive to improve.

Operational, tactical and strategic levels

Use Herd Performance Trends to improve farm management at the operational, tactical and strategic levels. Stability and regularity are important contributions to the success of a dairy farm. Cows are creatures of habit and perform at their best if every day follows the same format. Any type of change in a cow’s daily routine causes stress. Stress has a negative effect on milk production, reproduction and health of dairy cows. The amount of regularity due to a farm’s management procedures can be determined by the behavior of a group of cows. Charting group and herd behavior and detecting changes or abnormalities gives you a tool to use to respond and make improvements.

Measure performance factors including

  • The herd’s eating, rumination and inactive behavior during the day
  • The average amount of time cows spend on each of those activities
  • Their day totals regarding these acitivities
  • The variation of behavior among a group of cows
  • The variation between different groups
  • The percentage of cows eating simultaneously

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Group alerts

At the operational level, Nedap CowControl alerts if a certain percentage of the cows in a group are showing abnormal behavior compared to their previous behavior. This indicates external factors might be affecting cows, posing a risk to their health, milk production and reproduction. This allows you to take action and secure the group’s performance.

Actionable group and herd insights

At the tactical and strategic level, real-time reports on the behavior of each group deliver actionable insights to use in your management. The analysis of these behavior reports can – among other things – determine whether the cows have sufficient access to enough feed, water and the right TMR and whether they have the right conditions to spend enough time resting. The routine of a group of cows can be monitored by comparing group behavior on the farm or by comparing information with reference values from research.

Group Eating Pattern

The Group Eating Pattern provides a 48-hour report showing the percentage of all cows in a group eating simultaneously. Giving you a ton of insights and feedback regarding feeding and nutrition management, feeding space ability and more.