Lely T4C Update 3.9

Lely T4C is the central point of the Farm Management software on each individual farm, whether working with a Lely Astronaut, Lely Vector or a combination. Lely continuously works on developing and improving the ease of use. In this article we highlight the most important changes introduced with the T4C 3.9 update.

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Editing rations


From time to time it is required to edit or add one or more ration components. This could be introducing a new feed type or a change in loading order. From now on you can click on a certain line to ‘drag and drop’ it to a different position or place it in between other lines. With the ‘+’ function a new feed type is easily introduced and ‘dragged’ to its correct position. 
 

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Note: drag and drop can be done between loading steps 1, 2 and 3, but not at ‘Load concentrates and minerals’.

In-between mixing time

For each ration, a specific loading order and in-between mixing time may be preferred. For example, when feeding longer feed types, you may want to mix this before adding shorter crops. With the all-new ‘In-between mixing time’ function it becomes possible to let the MFR mix for a certain number of minutes in between steps 2 and 3. Please note this function requires the 2.4 Vector embedded software set. 
 

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Fences and routing

In general, a location consists of various fences and especially on beef farms these add up. To be able to fine tune per fence, various options have been introduced. With a single click you can (de)activate automatic feeding per location or fence from the overview screen. In addition, you can easily adjust the ration or feed height per fence if so required. 
Alongside this, for beef farmers using the beef feed table it is now possible to set individual fence settings, such as feed height and dosing weight.
 

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Feed kitchen visualisation

A clean and easy-to-understand map of the feed kitchen becomes available with the T4C 3.9 update in combination with the 2.4 Vector embedded software set. The plan generated in the Lely Control App is automatically published in T4C. The map includes information such as preferred storage places per feed type, empty storage places and feed type per storage place identified with a colour. With this map it is now easy to get an overview at a glance for the farmer, employees or advisors.  
 

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Feed table history

Settings may be adjusted over time to suit the herds’ needs at a particular time and this is also the case for the feed table. With the ‘history’ option, the feed table settings are saved over time. This can be useful for analysis or to reactivate a previous setting. 
 

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Scheduled routing tasks

Once in a while you have periodic but unplanned actions, e.g. cleaning your straw pen or a foot bath. At these times you want to (temporarily) deactivate scheduled routing tasks. This becomes possible with the T4C 3.9 update. 
 

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Besides these larger updates, a variety of smaller improvements have been introduced, such as:
•    concentrate feeding security (Vector);
•    all warnings on ration page in one pop-up (Vector);
•    feed type ‘water’ introduced and separated on Report 70 ‘Feeding – overview’ (Vector);
•    Lely Grazeway R device settings page;
•    grazing data in API4;
•    new dashboard attentions.

Again, multiple improvements have been introduced to make the Lely Farm Management Software even more user friendly and labour efficient.

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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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