Tracking collars help herd scrutiny

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07 Jul, 2021

Southern Rural Life


"It provides a complete picture the fertility, health, wellbeing and nutritional status of each cow and each herd"

Waikato Milking Systems has launched a new product to help farmers make better long-term decisions for the care of their cows and their dairy businesses.

The company recently released its new CowTRAQ™ Collars and TracHQ™ software in partnership with dairy management technology company Nedap.

Waikato Milking Systems GM Sales and Operations NZ Grant Wisnewski said the CowTRAQ™ Collars offer complete heat and health monitoring for every cow in the herd.

“The collars can identify each cow and keep track of their signs of heat, position, eating, rumination, standing, lying, walking and inactive behavior 24/7.

“It provides a precise and complete picture about the fertility, health, well-being and nutritional status of each cow and each herd.”

The collars help improve reproduction results and increase labour efficiency to get a more productive, sustainable herds.

“Better cow health and condition is also where the collars can make a difference, by detecting health issues earlier,” Grant said.

“That means treatment and recovery can be more effective, fertility can improve and long-term it can reduce mortality rates.”

Waikato Milking Systems TracHQ™ software translates data captured by the collars into information the operator can view on a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Everyone working on the farm can access real-time information and insights on each cow or herd.

TracHQ can also connect with the Waikato Milking Systems range of milking point controls, milk indicators, milk meters and milk analytical sensors.

With a three year, 100% replacement warranty, and graded warranty thereafter, it’s technology farmers can trust and rely on. Typically the operating life is 8-10 years so it outperforms and goes the distance.

Grant said the new technology will help farmers make good data-driven decisions.

“Together, CowTRAQ and TracHQ give farmers an all-in-one, 24/7 cow management system to help them meet the challenges of operating a modern dairy farm.”


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Source: Southern Rural Life