Optimising Nine Cow Touches with T4C [2/6]

With Nine Cow Touches that each take from 5 minutes to 45 minutes, Lely T4C is a valuable support tool that optimises these and makes the farmer’s life easier. One of the features that can be used is ‘Treatment Plans’. You can find the ‘Treatment Plans’ in T4C at: Data Entry > Libraries > Treatment Plans

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The main benefits of using ‘Treatment Plans’ is that they make it easier to carry out treatments by automating them. Treatments are set up in collaboration with the veterinarian and a schedule is planned. The treatments that need to be carried out or that need to be repeated are grouped together on a report for an easy overview. Any milk that needs to be separated is separated automatically, and the farmer and veterinarian have an overview of all the cows that have been treated. 

How can we set ‘Treatment Plans’?
Before we can start to create a treatment plan, we have to know what medicines will be used. The information needed can be retrieved from the label of the medicine or from the veterinarian. In the ‘Medicines’ library, you add the medicines that will be available while entering a treatment plan. In T4C you can find ‘Medicines’ at:
Data Entry > Libraries > Medicines

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By clicking [Add], the following screen will pop up:

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Here, you can enter the medicine information. Make sure that all information from the label is entered: waiting period, dose, quantities, number of treatments per day, length of the treatment in days and the period milk should be separated. Once entered, click [Save]. 

The ‘Diseases’ tab gives an overview of all diseases filled in by Lely. These diseases should be used to create a treatment plan. 

Now that we have added the medicines, we are ready to set up the ‘Treatment Plans’. 
When you click on the [Treatment Plans] button, there is an overview of all of the treatment plans entered. By clicking [Add], you are creating a new treatment plan. The picture below shows that you can enter a treatment plan name, whether the treatment is curative or preventive and the category and name of the disease. By clicking [+] and clicking on the correct medicine, T4C automatically retrieves the cure period, wait time milk and wait time meat information from the ‘Medicines’ library. Repeat treatments of the medicine are also planned automatically.

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Click [Save] to finalise. 

Please note that it is very important to fill in the medicines and treatment plan BEFORE the cow is treated. One of the major issues that can be prevented by following this procedure, for example, is antibiotics in the milk tank. Always make sure that the three green check marks are shown.

Treat a cow
To treat a cow, first you have to search for a cow in T4C. Select ‘Health treatment’ and [execute]. 
This screen pops up and you are able to select one of the treatment plans. Fill in the additional information and click [Save].

How does the ‘Treatment Plans’ function optimise the Nine Cow Touches?
The ‘Treatment Plans’ function helps to optimise the Nine Cow Touches by being supportive during the process. For example, if the farmer has entered a treatment plan in T4C, a reminder will be sent when the treatment needs a follow-up. Now the farmer does not need to waste time searching through the whole list in order to know what to do. T4C will provide the farmer with the information about the medicine and which cow needs to be treated. 

What are the benefits for the farmer?
•    An easier way of carrying out a treatment plan, including follow-up of the treatment plan.
•    At all times there is an overview of all the treatments and treated cows on the farm.
•    Registration is optimised.
•    There is less chance of forgetting steps in the treatment plan.

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T4C 3.11 update

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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.