KPI for energy-corrected milk or milk solids
To get a better insight into your cows’ performance, there is now a KPI available that shows milk yields, but with a correction for fat and protein content. There is a choice between three formulas, which are FPCM (fat- and protein-corrected milk), ECM (energy-corrected milk) or milk solids (sum of kg dry matter of fat and protein).
These calculations are available as a KPI on the dashboard, but also on an individual-cow basis in the report generator. However, they are not enabled by default.
On the ‘Global farm set-up’ page, you can choose which formula you would like to use.
Routing: pause a scheduled routing
On the ‘Daily entry’ page, a new action has been added called ‘Scheduled routing’. On this page, you see all the cows that currently have an active routing task based on a scheduled routing task. This gives you more insight into which cows are routed or ‘to be routed’ and why they are routed.
In addition, you can pause these tasks. This could be useful, for example, when you want to skip hoof trimming for a day due to harvesting.
Routing: only route after milking
When treating a cow, it is often desirable to have a cow in the separation area with an empty udder. With Lely T4C 3.11 it is now possible to enable a setting that makes sure that routing tasks are only active when a cow is allowed to be milked.
This could also prevent cows with full udders being in the separation area for longer periods.
This functionality is also available for scheduled routing tasks.
Lely Vector: enter ration in dry matter
Lely Vector rations can also be entered in kg dry matter. This would be very useful when customers receive their ration in dry matter per cow from their feed advisors.
In this update, the usage of the reproduction remarks is improved. There are now also remark fields available for the pregnancy check and calving actions.
Rumination KPI for lactating cows only
Usually the rumination activity KPI is used to analyse the rumination of the part of the herd that is currently in lactation. However, since this KPI also includes dry cows and young stock, there is now also a KPI that shows only the average for the cows that are in lactation.
‘Suspected miscarriage’ attention
If a pregnant animal has shown serious heat signs since the last positive pregnancy test, she is shown on report 34 – Reproduction check with the remark ‘Suspected miscarriage’.
This new report shows the grazing per cow. The time is calculated from the moment she is routed to a grazing destination until she is recognised again by another device.
Related to this same data, there is now also a grazing report for all the lactating cows.
Preparation for dry period pays off
Dry period infections are a very important part of the epidemiology of environmental pathogens such as E. coli and S. uberis. These infections often remain subclinical throughout the dry period, but are then an important cause of clinical mastitis in the first few months of the subsequent lactation period. This article will give more insight and information about the different stages of the dry period and their relation to mastitis.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Feeding, Tips & Tricks
Adjust Vector feed setting based on cow signals
Observing cow behaviour in the barn and at the feed fence for a period of time can provide you with a lot of information. This information is very useful to help manage the feeding strategy. It is important monitor cow behaviour daily as it gives you information you can react to directly in order to create the best feeding conditions on your farm.