Automatic gates - no repression of low-ranking cows

The automatic gates designed and developed by Boetech enable the farmer to create a temporary waiting area where he can handle his attention cows with ease and comfort. The main advantages of the gates are: savings on labor, ease and simplicity of use and cow-friendliness.

Management, T4C & InHerd



Automatic gates enable the easy creation of a waiting area for low-ranking cows and for animals that are unaccustomed to the robot. After the cows in the waiting area have been milked, the gates will open automatically, ensuring good cow flow.

Easy and outstandingly user-friendly

Controlling the fence is made easy by means of the X-Link or the remote control. The fence can also be operated by a button on the gate itself. The remote control operates the fence from a distance, making it easy to select attention cows. Since the gate opens automatically when all the cows have been milked, the risk of leaving the cows in the waiting area is excluded.

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Automatic gates provide an opportunity to create a waiting area and to find the optimum balance between preventing repression of low-ranking cows in the area and the disturbance of cow traffic. In other words, no repression of low-ranking cows and no obstacles on the way to the robot.

Positioning in the barn

Setting up a waiting area with fences at least twice a day results in more work. In addition, it makes it more difficult when you only wish to collect the attention cows from the waiting area. Automatic gates are a valuable and easy solution. Automatic gates should be positioned in such a way that cubicles are not included in the waiting area. It is also important to be able to move attention cows easily.

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Jan van Schaijk from Rosmalen, Netherlands:

'We’ve been milking with an Astronaut A2 robot for over 5 years and we are now milking with two Astronaut A3 robots. From experience, we have learned that you do need a waiting area for the attention cows. Sorting out the right cows and getting only the right cows in the waiting area has never been as ideal as it is now with the automatic gates.'

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T4C 3.11 update

T4C & InHerd

T4C 3.11 update

As of June 2019, the roll out of T4C update 3.11 will start. This update contains new KPI’s of cow performance and rumination of lactating cows, new options in the routing settings, new Vector settings, new remark fields, an attention ‘suspect for abortion’ and new features for the grazing reporting. Since the roll out will start soon, it is good to know what the update entails. 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. Reproduction remarks 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’. Grazing report 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.

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