Lely T4C retrospect 2016 – the highlights

Lely T4C is the backbone of the farm, where data is collected and transformed into useful information for the farmer. With the continuous development of T4C, Lely strives to strengthen and improve this support in order for it to become more precise and efficient. This results in increased ease of use and enables the farmer to make the best possible decisions.

Management, T4C & InHerd


Batch end routing
With the introduction of ‘batch end routing,’ it is now possible to end the routing for multiple cows with just one click, whereas previously this had to be done for each individual cow. This is a big time-saver, especially for farms which use manual routing extensively.

Lifetime production per herd/cow: Reports 61 and 62
Reports 61 and 62 provide more insight into farm performance on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis in relation to lifetime production, among other things. The information provided by these reports can be used to make strategic decisions on breeding, comparisons or culling. 

Health treatments: Report 63
Report 63 displays a clear overview of the health treatments that have been performed in the last year. For exact analysis, specific groups and time periods can be selected: for example, the lactation stage or number per period. By analyzing Report 63 you are able to find out where your attention is needed. For example, you can identify whether certain treatments occur more frequently than the average between zero and sixty days of lactation.

Herd plan: Report 64
Report 64, Herd plan, provides an insight into how many heifers and cows will calve and how many cows will be dried off per month. Based on this, the total number of lactating animals on a farm can be seen. In addition, T4C is able to predict seven months ahead, which is useful in mid-term planning.

Culling reasons: Report 65
Report 65 displays a clear overview of the reasons why cows have been culled on an annual basis. The categories for culling reasons are predefined in T4C and include fertility, legs and claws, udder issues, production, etc. The report provides structured information, which can be used to gain an overview of the farm’s culling reasons and whether this is in line with the farm’s goal.

Distress alert
The period just before and after calving is an intensive period for both the cow and the calf. It needs to be closely monitored by the farmer. When no rumination activity is measured for too long between ten days before and five days after a reported calving, you immediately receive a distress alert from the Lely T4C InHerd system. This allows you to take action straight away.

Eating minutes
With Lely T4C 3.5, ‘Eating minutes’ has been introduced on the activity graph. This is available for farms with Lely QWES ISO-LD tags (Nedap). The eating minutes indicate the minutes a cow spends eating per day, which are displayed on the graph as a rolling 24-hour average. Since the introduction of the health attention report, these eating minutes are also used to identify attention animals.

Total health (Lely InHerd and T4C)
You have only one report showing you the cows requiring attention. Because all relevant robot sensor data is combined into one report, there is no longer any need to check various reports, thus increasing your efficiency. The sensor data is translated into practical information, enabling you to check, act and improve quickly and precisely for those cows that really need attention. 

Advanced filters
In Lely T4C 3.6 a new feature has been implemented so that more advanced lists and routing settings can be created. With this option it is possible to combine different criteria within one list. For example, a reproduction checklist can be created that includes both cows for pregnancy check and cows over fifty days into lactation that have not been seen in heat. 

New Lely Vector T4C software
The new Lely T4C management software is smarter and much easier to use. It offers dairy and beef cattle farmers more insights and control over their feeding process and results. Ration settings and analysis can be performed on a desktop PC, as can location settings, feed kitchen settings and feed grabber settings, among others, while a smartphone is used for operational management. 

The desktop version of the Lely T4C management system provides reports that offer more insights into feed costs in relation to milk and meat production. Having these facts available is particularly useful when planning and evaluating the feeding ration and strategy with feed advisors. 

The smartphone version has been developed for daily use, e.g. pausing the MFR or receiving messages.

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